Florida Family Law FAQs

How long do you have to be separated to get a divorce?

January 12, 2024 in Divorce

In Florida, you don’t need to be separated for a specific amount of time before you can get a divorce. Some states require that couples live apart for a certain period, but Florida isn’t one of them.

To file for a divorce in Florida, the main thing you need to show is that at least one of you has lived in the state for at least six months before you file for the divorce. You just have to state that your marriage is “irretrievably broken,” meaning you can’t fix your relationship.

Even though there’s no separation time required, the time it takes to complete a divorce in Florida can vary a lot. It depends on things like whether you both agree on the divorce terms, how complex your situation is (like if you have a lot of property or kids), and how quickly the courts work on your case. If both people agree on everything (an uncontested divorce), it can be pretty quick. But if you don’t agree (a contested divorce), it can take a longer time to sort everything out.

If you’re considering a divorce in Florida and have questions about the process, including the lack of a required separation period, Shemtov Hillstrom can help. Call us at (954) 329-2222 for a consultation with our trial attorneys, who can guide you through every step of your divorce journey.

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