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.