Does Florida Have A Waiting Period For Divorce?

Oftentimes when potential clients come into my office for a consultation, I get asked the following question:  “Does Florida have a waiting period for divorce?”

In fact, Florida does have a waiting period.

Section 61.19 of the Florida Statutes provides that a judge will not grant a divorce less than 20 days from the time that a petition for dissolution of marriage is filed.

However, a judge may waive that 20 waiting period on a showing that injustice would result from the delay in getting a divorce.  For example, a judge may waive the 20 day waiting period if one of the parties is in the military and about to be deployed to a combat zone.

Further, a judge may waive Florida’s divorce waiting period if the parties have entered into a marital settlement agreement that includes a clause waiving the waiting period.

If you have questions regarding a Florida divorce, and you are looking to retain a Tampa Bay Divorce Lawyer, contact The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A., at (813) 443-0615 or fill out our online form.

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