This is Why Florida is a “No Fault” Divorce State

Florida is a “No Fault” divorce state.  This means that parties do not have to accuse one another of doing harm to the marriage, such as by committing adultery or domestic violence, for a judge to grant a dissolution of marriage.  Rather, a party merely needs to allege that the marriage is “irretrievably broken.”

The usual test that a Tampa Bay judge gives to determine whether the marriage is irretrievably broken is to ask the question, “Would therapy or counseling help repair the marriage?”  If either party states that counseling would not help, a final decree of divorce will likely be granted.

As it turns out, England is not a “No Fault” divorce jurisdiction.  The New York Times reports that, since English parties must give reasons for seeking divorce, the court record is filled with highly personal, and sometimes downright wacky, divorce allegations.  Below are some of those allegations:

  • A husband insisted that his wife dress in a Klingon costume and speak to him in Klingon;
  • A wife maliciously and repeatedly served her husband the food he least liked: tuna casserole;
  • A wife spitefully tampered with her husband’s television antenna and, even worse, threw away his cold cuts;
  • A husband usurped control of the parties’ washing machine and dismissed her revulsion of cold cuts;
  • A husband failed to speak with his wife for 15 years and, instead, only communicated with her via Post-It note;
  • A wife flirted with and inappropriately touched anyone in the construction business, all the while claiming that she could not help herself;
  • A husband “insisted that his pet tarantula, Timmy, slept in a glass case next to the matrimonial bed,” even when his wife requested “that Timmy sleep elsewhere;”
  • A husband had terrible body odor;
  • A husband would not share the TV remote control;
  • A husband was “obsessive in attention to detail and used to comb the fringes of the rug;”
  • A spouse “is unreasonably demanding sex every night from the [other spouse], which is causing friction between the parties;”
  • A 6’3″ husband was dressing up in and stretching out his (substantially smaller) wife’s clothes.

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

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