Nearly everyone goes into a new marriage thinking it will last forever, and in a perfect world this would be true. Unfortunately, couples often find that they are simply not compatible with one another. In some cases, the best long-term solution for everyone involved is to end the marriage, as difficult as that decision may be.
If you are going through the process of divorce, or just considering the possibility, it is very important to have complete knowledge about your rights and obligations. A knowledgeable divorce lawyer can help you review your options, make informed decisions, and protect what is rightfully yours.
Grounds for Divorce
A marriage is not only a complicated personal relationship; it is also a binding legal contract. As such, it needs to be officially dissolved by a family law judge. In order to do this, the judge will need to be convinced that the person or couple requesting a divorce has sufficient grounds. Every state has its own laws about what may or may not be considered grounds for a divorce.
In Florida, the accepted grounds for divorce are one or both of the following:
- The marriage is broken beyond repair.
- One spouse is mentally incapacitated.
Divorce based on mental capacity is rare, however. Most divorces are granted when one or both spouses declare the marriage unsalvageable. In a case where only one spouse wants to divorce, the judge may order marriage counseling instead of ending the marriage. However, if the spouse has not changed his or her mind at the end of counseling, the divorce will likely be granted.
Being granted a divorce may seem simple, but many aspects of divorce, such as property division, child custody, alimony, and other considerations, are highly complex. Our divorce lawyers can help you cope with the present and plan for the future.