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Grounds for Divorce in Coral Springs

When crafting your request to get a divorce in Coral Springs, your grounds for divorce need to be carefully phrased or a Broward County judge may deny your request

Grounds for divorce means your reasons for wanting a divorce. Florida has very specific guidelines for what kinds of reasons are legally acceptable to grant a divorce.

Whether you are from Alta Vista or Maplewood or any other part of Coral Springs, it is recommended you consider hiring a divorce attorney. A divorce attorney will know how to ensure that the grounds for divorce included in you petition for dissolution of marriage (or request for divorce) conform to state laws.

Coral Springs, and all of Florida, is a no-fault divorce jurisdiction. This means you cannot base your grounds for divorce on the fact your spouse caused the problems in the marriage. Even if your spouse committed adultery in Coral Springs, that is not a valid justification for a divorce.

By not considering fault as a legally acceptable reason to divorce, "this…lessens the potential harm to the husband, wife, and their children caused by the process of divorce," according to a pamphlet on divorce prepared by the Florida Bar Association.

Coral Springs Grounds for Divorce

Instead of fault, a successful petition for a divorce in Coral Springs must include in its grounds for divorce evidence that the marriage is irretrievably broken. This is the primary grounds for divorce in Florida.

A second legal ground for divorce in Coral Springs is available, although it is used much more rarely. Florida state law says if one of the spouses is incompetent for at least three years preceding the filling of a petition for divorce, the other spouse may be granted a divorce.

When to Assign Blame

< p>Although Florida is a no-fault divorce state, a judge in Broward County can assign blame - or economic fault - when it comes time to figure out custody of the children, how to divide the property and debts between the divorcing spouses, and whether one spouse should receive financial support (or alimony). Situations in which a spouse may be at economic fault include:

  • Gambling
  • Giving money to relatives against the wishes of the other spouse

In Florida, such bad acts need to have occurred in the last two years of the marriage before filing for divorce. If a judge finds one spouse is at economic fault, it could reduce the at-fault spouses share of the property by one-half.