Each state has rules about what requirements must be met in order to get a divorce in that state. Most states have rules about residency – that is, how long you must have lived in the state prior to filing for divorce.
In Florida, to get a divorce, one of the spouses must reside in Florida for six months before filing a divorce petition. The divorce can then be filed in the county in which either or both spouses reside.
However, if you, your spouse, or both are in the military, you may be concerned about how to meet those residency requirements. After all, what if you are stationed in Florida for five months, and are then transferred to another base? Will it be possible for you to meet the residency requirements anywhere?
Fortunately, there are specific residency requirements for a military divorce in Florida. You must have either been a resident of Florida for at least six months before filing for divorce, or you must be stationed in Florida in order to meet those residency requirements. There are a lot of other issues specific to your military divorce that can arise, such as your retirement benefits, VA disability benefits, and military family support, that may be of particular concern to you.
If you are in the military and are considering a divorce in Florida, it’s important that you obtain legal representation. Call Florida divorce attorney Dale Bernstein at 727-478-3250.
He helps clients with divorces throughout Florida, including Pasco, Hernando, Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. Call to schedule a consultation.