To file for divorce in Florida, you must follow these steps:
- Determine if you meet the state’s residency requirements. To file for divorce in Florida, at least one spouse must have lived in the state for at least six months before the divorce case is filed.
- Prepare and file the appropriate divorce papers. In Florida, you must file a petition for dissolution of marriage and other required forms with the court. These forms can be obtained from the clerk of court in the county where you will be filing for divorce.
- Serve the divorce papers on your spouse. You must formally deliver a copy of the divorce papers to your spouse, either by having a third party do it for you or by using the state’s process server.
- Wait for your spouse to respond to the divorce papers. Your spouse has 20 days to respond to the divorce petition after being served. If your spouse does not respond, you may be able to proceed with an uncontested divorce.
- Attend the final hearing and obtain a divorce decree. If your divorce is contested and you are unable to reach an agreement with your spouse, you will need to attend a final hearing where a judge will make decisions about your case. Once the judge issues a divorce decree, your divorce is final.