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Amicability makes divorce process easier in Florida

Divorce can be a stressful and emotional undertaking, but it does not always have to be an adversarial process. In Florida - a "no-fault" state in which wrongdoing need not be alleged by either party - remaining amicable can make the process smoother, quicker and easier to handle from a emotional/mental perspective. The first step to a good working relationship during divorce is maintaining open lines of communication.

Is legal separation available in Florida?

Many states offer an alternative to divorce that is commonly known as "legal separation." Legal separation allows spouse to live apart but to not actually file for divorce. Where available, legal separation may be preferable to divorce for any number of reasons, ranging from health care coverage to income tax savings. Usually in a legal separation, the rights, duties and obligations of each spouse, as well as how property will be divided is laid out in a legal document.

What grounds for divorce are available in Florida?

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.

Valid reasons for alimony modification in Florida

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.

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