The process also legally divides marital assets and debts (Equitable Distribution) and determines the care of the children (Child Support & Parental Responsibility). Each state addresses these issues differently.
here is no “legal separation” in Florida. Florida is a no-fault state in which the spouses are not required to prove that the other party was the cause of the divorce. Either you or your spouse may obtain a divorce, even if one of you does not agree to the divorce. This means that anybody who is married can file for divorce for any reason. One party must allege that there are irreconcilable differences existing between the parties. A Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is filed by one party against the other and then the other party then has 20 days from the date of service to file an Answer and in some cases a Counter-Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.
Florida law requires each party to file a financial affidavit in all divorce cases. A financial affidavit is a document which states a party’s monthly income, monthly expenses, assets and liabilities.
Each party is also required to file complete mandatory disclosure within 45 days from the day the Respondent is served with the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage unless the parties and the court agree to shorten the time.