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Do You Need to Be Separated Before Filing for Divorce in Florida?

Many couples try legal separation before divorce. The hope usually is that some time apart could help save their marriage. However, in many cases, legal separation is just the first step toward the couple filing for divorce.

Still, legal separation is an excellent option if a couple is on the fence about staying married or getting divorced. In some instances, it has led to spouses getting back together, and even in cases where it doesn’t, it often makes the divorce process go more smoothly.

Does Florida Require Spouses to Live Apart Before Getting Divorced?

In some states, couples are required to separate for a period before they can file for divorce. Some states also impose a mandatory waiting period before spouses can file for divorce. The waiting periods vary from state to state, but on average, the waiting periods are six months to a year. Fortunately, Florida doesn’t have a waiting period and couples aren’t required to separate or live apart before filing for divorce in the Sunshine State.

However, Florida does have divorce requirements. One that applies to this situation is that for spouses to file for divorce in Florida, at least one of them must have lived in Florida for six months prior to filing for divorce.

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