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Florida Divorce Laws and Finding a Top Divorce Attorney If you have been thinking about filing for divorce in Florida, there are a few things you should know before you begin. There are certain regulations in place, detailing the residency restrictions, general grounds for divorce that can be cited, among other rules regarding property division, child custody and alimony. Below are a few facts every couple should know before petitioning for a dissolution of marriage in Florida: Residency Requirements for Divorce Petitions in Florida In order to obtain a dissolution of marriage in Florida, one of the parties must have lived in the state for the immediate six months prior to filing the petition. Proceedings for divorce will begin with one spouse filing in the circuit court where either spouse resides. No final judgment of dissolution of marriage can be entered until at least 20 days have passed from the date the petition was filed.
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