If you poll your group of friends, there is a good chance that at least one, if not more, will have a story about their divorce experience or the experience of someone that they know. As of 2020, the national divorce rate was a little less than half the marriage rate. With so many divorces, misconceptions and myths are rampant.
Understand the truth behind some common myths about divorce in Florida.
Florida is a no-fault state
If you have heard that you need to prove fault on the part of your spouse to get a divorce in Florida, that is not true. Florida is a no-fault state, so there is no need to prove wrongdoing by either party. All you need to do is declare the marriage irretrievably broken.
You may not have to appear in court
Another common misconception is that all divorces end up in litigation in court. In fact, you may not even have to appear in court if you file an uncontested dissolution. When both parties agree on the divorce and the distribution of assets, an uncontested dissolution can save you both from any court appearance.
Your spouse cannot prevent the divorce
Your spouse may have told you that they will not agree to a divorce. This does not prevent you from obtaining one. It does make the process longer than an uncontested dissolution, but it is not preventable.
With so many misconceptions out there about divorce in Florida, it is no surprise that people get confused. Understand these facts to help you prepare for your divorce.