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Divorce Attorneys in Putnam County, FL


Woman sits with divorce papers  in front of her, taking off her wedding ringFlorida is considered a no-fault state when it comes to divorce, meaning that the state no longer requires fault-based grounds for divorce. The goal in this is to aid the efficient settlement of disputes and to decrease the potential harm caused to spouses or children during the divorce process.

The Putnam County divorce attorneys at Hedstrom and Harris have the same goal in mind. We want to help ensure you are as calm and relaxed as possible as you move forward in these proceedings. Put our knowledge and experience to work for you.

Learn more about the Florida divorce process. Reach out to us today for a free consultation. Call (386) 200-6547.

Filing for Divorce in Florida?

Divorce in the state of Florida is known as dissolution of marriage. In order to file for dissolution of marriage, either spouse is required to have lived in the state for a minimum of six months prior to filing.

There are only two legal grounds for dissolution of marriage in Florida:

  • The marriage is irretrievably broken
  • The mental capacity of one of the parties for a period of three years

If the marriage is irretrievably broken, it means that there are differences and disputes between the marriage partners that cannot be resolved and have caused the complete breakdown of the marriage. Many factors will be considered in your situation. Some Florida divorce laws will apply when you share a child, and there is also alimony and property division and many other family law matters to consider as well, so be sure to contact us if you have any questions

What is the Difference Between Regular and Simplified Dissolution?

In a regular dissolution, each spouse is able to examine or cross-examine the other spouse, as well as gather documents regarding the other spouse's income, expenses, assets and debt.

A simplified dissolution does not require either spouse to disclose financial information, although it may still be requested.

Simplified Dissolution Process

In efforts to simplify and accelerate cases, Florida provides a streamlined dissolution process if certain conditions are met.

To qualify for simplified dissolution, the following conditions must be met:

  • The spouses agree that the marriage is unsalvageable
  • The spouses have no minor children or current pregnancy
  • The spouses are not seeking alimony
  • The spouses’ financial information is exhausted by the court-approved financial affidavits
  • The spouses are willing to give up their right to trial and appeal
  • The spouses are willing to go to the clerk’s office to sign the petition (whether separately or together)
  • The spouses are willing to attend the final hearing

Florida Divorce FAQ:

Can I request to have my name changed back to my maiden name after my divorce?

  • Yes. If you wish to have your maiden name restored after the dissolution of your marriage you may request to do so during your initial petition. The judge will finalize this along with your divorce.

What if my spouse has not answered my petition for divorce?

  • According to Florida state law, if your spouse has not answered the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage within 20 days of being served with the petition, you may request to file a Motion for Default, which will allow you to set a final hearing. You must notify your spouse with a Notice of Hearing.

What are the residency requirements for a couple to file for divorce in Florida?

  • In order for a couple to file for divorce in Florida, at least one of the parties must be a state residents for six months or more. They will have to prove that they meet this residency requirement before the divorce process can continue.

Does Florida have legal separation?

  • While most states have a process for legal separation, Florida does not. A couple may still choose to live separately without divorcing for religious or other reasons. While there isn't a formal process for legal separation in Florida, custody and support matters might still be able to be brought to court without a divorce. Contact our firm to learn more.

Contact Hedstrom and Harris Today

If you are going through a divorce, you need skilled advice and guidance to help you move forward. At Hedstrom and Harris, our divorce lawyers in Putnam County are ready to provide you with all your legal needs during this difficult time.

Contact Hedstrom and Harris now at (386) 200-6547 for help with a divorce in Putnam County, Duval County, Flagler County, or St. Johns County.

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