Section 61.046, Florida Statutes

Definitions.—As used in this chapter, the term:

(1)“Business day” means any day other than a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.

(2)“Clerk of Court Child Support Collection System” or “CLERC System” means the automated system established pursuant to s. 61.181(2)(b)1., integrating all clerks of court and depositories and through which payment data and State Case Registry data is transmitted to the department’s automated child support enforcement system.

(3)“Department” means the Department of Revenue.

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Section 61.044, Florida Statutes

Certain existing defenses abolished.—The defenses to divorce and legal separation of condonation, collusion, recrimination, and laches are abolished.

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Section 61.043, Florida Statutes

Commencement of a proceeding for dissolution of marriage or for alimony and child support; dissolution questionnaire.—

(1)A proceeding for dissolution of marriage or a proceeding under s. 61.09 shall be commenced by filing in the circuit court a petition entitled “In re the marriage of  , husband, and  , wife.” A copy of the petition together with a copy of a summons shall be served upon the other party to the marriage in the same manner as service of papers in civil actions generally.

(2)Upon filing for dissolution of marriage, the petitioner must complete and file with the clerk of the circuit court an unsigned anonymous informational questionnaire. For purposes of anonymity, completed questionnaires must be kept in a separate file for later distribution by the clerk to researchers from the Florida State University Center for Marriage and Family. These questionnaires must be made available to researchers from the Florida State University Center for Marriage and Family at their request. The actual questionnaire shall be formulated by researchers from Florida State University who shall distribute them to the clerk of the circuit court in each county.

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Section 61.031, Florida Statutes

Dissolution of marriage to be a vinculo.—No dissolution of marriage is from bed and board, but is from bonds of matrimony.

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Section 61.021, Florida Statutes

Residence requirements.—To obtain a dissolution of marriage, one of the parties to the marriage must reside 6 months in the state before the filing of the petition.

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Section 61.011, Florida Statutes

Dissolution in chancery.—Proceedings under this chapter are in chancery.

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Section 61.001, Florida Statutes

Purpose of chapter.—
(1)This chapter shall be liberally construed and applied.
(2)Its purposes are:
(a)To preserve the integrity of marriage and to safeguard meaningful family relationships;
(b)To promote the amicable settlement of disputes that arise between parties to a marriage; and
(c)To mitigate the potential harm to the spouses and their children caused by the process of legal dissolution of marriage.
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