Readers of this Tampa-based family law blog may be familiar with the terms "fault" and "no-fault" when it comes to preparing a pleading for divorce. Generally, if a divorce is based on fault then one of the parties is considered responsible for the failure of the marriage and is at fault for the dissolution. If a divorce is based upon discord between the parties without a specific element of fault then the divorce is considered a no-fault proceeding.
In the state of Florida, judges make careful decisions regarding alimony, and must have significant reason to issue an alimony modification. The state has created a formula by which they must abide. Alimony is almost never modified immediately following a divorce, and can be modified later only when specific circumstances are present.
Parents facing divorce are often concerned about how much time they will be able to spend with their child. The Florida courts system uses the term “time-sharing” when referring to child visitation and contact. Time-sharing is a visitation arrangement wherein one parent is awarded majority time-sharing and the other parent is awarded visitation. The courts generally determine that each child should have frequent and continued contact with both parents after a divorce.