Mr. Christopher Todd Marks

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Serving Tampa, FL

  • Serving Tampa, FL

  • Free initial consultation, Fixed hourly rates, Fixed fees available

Member at firm Westchase Law P.A.

Serving Tampa, FL

Free initial consultation, Fixed hourly rates, Fixed fees available

The divorce process is relatively straightforward in Florida. For example, Florida is a no-fault, equitable distribution state where the division of assets is usually evenhanded. Also, Florida offers a simplified process if you have no dependent children under age 18, agree on property distribution, and agree to the process.
However, although the legal aspects of divorce are not as challenging as in many other states, Florida still has clearly defined grounds for divorce that must be satisfied.

Florida grounds for divorce – Tampa Divorce Attorney

The legal term for ending a marriage in Florida is dissolution of marriage. The Florida Dissolution of Marriage Statute promotes amicable dispute settlement and lessens the stress for the couple or their children. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there were almost 80,000 divorces in Florida in 2009. Most of these were amicable.

In addition to at least one spouse meeting the six-month Florida residency requirement, the basis of the dissolution must be one of two grounds:

  • One of the spouses is mentally incompetent
  • The marriage is irretrievably broken

The first of the two (mental incompetence) has certain medical criteria and requirements that must be met and is rarely used.

The second of the two—that the marriage is irretrievably broken—is more commonly used. It means that the couple has differences or disputes so serious in nature that they resulted in the total breakdown of the marriage.

Regardless of grounds, there still needs to be agreement on any relevant issues-like spousal support, child custody and support, and asset/debt distribution. And this agreement may require negotiation, court-ordered mediation, and even judgments in court. It can still become complicated. That is why it is always best to seek the help of an experienced Tampa divorce attorney.

Consult with a caring and experienced Tampa divorce attorney

The compassionate divorce attorneys at Westchase Law, P.A. provide knowledgeable legal advice and representation. Let us help with your divorce settlement negotiation and other legal aspects of Florida divorce.

Call today to set up a consultation (813-699-4542). Our offices are located at 12029 Whitmarsh Lane, Tampa, FL 33626.

Westchase Law, P.A.
12029 Whitmarsh Lane
Tampa, FL 33626
813-699-4542

The divorce process is relatively straightforward in Florida. For example, Florida is a no fault, equitable distribution state where the division of assets is usually evenhanded. Also, Florida offers a simplified process if you have no dependent children under age 18, agree on property distribution, and agree to the process. However, although the legal aspects of divorce are not as challenging as in many other states, Florida still has clearly defined grounds for divorce that must be satisfied.

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