Many couples who find themselves facing divorce in Florida began their married lives in another state. The laws in Florida often seem counter intuitive and vary widely from other jurisdictions. For instance in Florida there is no legal requirement to pay support for a child in college. The age of majority in Florida is 18 and a court order is required for child support to continue even through the end of high school if the child will turn eighteen during their senior year.
Florida also does not require a legal separation. It is possible to create such an arrangement if it is through the use of a separation agreement or post-nuptial agreement.
Florida also has jurisdictional requirements that are different from other states. At least one party must be a continuous resident of Florida for at least six months immediately preceding the filing of the case for the courts of Florida to exercise jurisdiction and dissolve your marriage. In addition, you have to consider venue, the location in Florida that you should file your case. Florida law requires that you file in the last place that you resided as husband and wife, with the intent of remaining married.
It is important to consult with a Florida attorney to understand what implications your Florida residency will have in your divorce. You may contact me for a free one hour consultation.