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What Are The Grounds For A Divorce In Florida?

On Behalf of | Apr 28, 2023 | Divorce

Nobody enters a relationship with the desire for it to end up in a divorce, but sometimes it becomes clear a relationship isn’t working anymore. Why exactly it might not be working can be for a variety of reasons. These range from monetary concerns, going different paths in life, or simply no longer seeing eye to eye the way you used to. Whatever the reason, it’s important to know that your feelings are valid.

Understanding The Differences

It´s important to make a vital distinction: legal grounds for divorce are different from other grounds.

From a personal perspective, a marriage may reach an end due to many different reasons, such as:

  • Contentious Arguments: When you’re constantly arguing, and when those arguments get personal, it can lead to an unhappy relationship.
  • Infidelity: When someone commits infidelity it is often the end of many relationships. The betrayal of trust between the two and the desire to seek other people can lead to an eventual divorce.
  • Married too young: Everyone changes as they get older and that includes the person you married. Sometimes people change in a way where being together just isn’t possible anymore.
  • Financial Issues: Few things put more stress on a relationship than finances. As a result, many divorces cite the other partner’s handling of money as a factor.

However, there are only two legal reasons to file for divorce in Florida:

  • The marriage is irretrievably broken: When a marriage is considered irretrievably broken it means that nothing can be done to repair the relationship. This can be proven by both sides pleading it in court. It can also occur when the court itself decides that the marriage has become irretrievably broken.
  • Mental incapacity of one of the parties: In Florida, when one side of the marriage has been considered mentally incapacitated for at least three years, the court can rule a dissolution of marriage and approve the divorce. Proving mental incapacitation will often require an attorney, because it can fall into a very broad definition.

While you can bring forth a personal reason for why you feel that a marriage has become irretrievably broken, you will need to have a legal ground to stand on when going through Florida’s divorce process.

Make A Decision And Be Confident With It

When you finally decide to divorce, be confident in yourself. You may go through a lot of feelings in the moment, but just know that you are making a choice that you feel is better for you. Walk into the future with determination and know that this too shall pass as you take steps towards a different path.