In Florida does someone have to be at fault for a divorce?

No. Florida is strictly a no-fault divorce state. This means neither spouse has to prove wrongdoing on the part of the other spouse when either is petitioning for a divorce.The purpose is to encourage both parties to dissolve the marriage without becoming adversaries and to encourage reconciliation by decreasing the need of reciprocated accusations.

Prior to 1971, there were only nine legitimate arguments for the dissolution of marriage. In 1971, the legislature passed the Dissolution of Marriage law, which repealed this statute and stated that “fault need not be proved to entitle a spouse to the dissolution of marriage.”

Why the transition to a no-fault policy? The State of Florida, and all 49 other States for that matter, have found the no-fault policy to provide the best means for handling a dissolution of marriage.

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