Law Office of Martha-Irene Weed

Board Certified in Marital and Family Law

1003 West Cleveland Street
Tampa, Florida 33606
(813) 254-9005



Divorce


Divorce, also known as dissolution of marriage, is the termination of a marriage that cancels any legal responsibilities that currently exist between the parties, except as ordered by a judge. The legal process of divorce may involve issues of alimony (spousal support), child custody, child support, distribution of property, and division of debt. Florida has a system of no-fault divorce, which requires no allegation or proof of fault of either party to dissolve the marital bonds. This means that the mere allegation that the marriage is irretrievable broken will satisfy judicial requirements. While Florida has a no-fault system, it does not mean that the court will not take the parties' actions into account when determining parenting issues, spousal support (alimony), and the division of assets and debts.


Divorce proceedings are often filled with emotions that can cloud your better judgment and can, in some instances, cause the court to not rule in your favor. This is why it is important to hire an experienced family law attorney that can advise you of your options and help you to make the best decisions for you and your children, if any. The attorney has access to case law and statutes that the average person does not. This comes in handy because many people still cling to the old ideals about family law and have not been advised of the many changes that have taken place over the years.



Statistics


The average length of a marriage in the United States is eight years and your chances of divorce increase substantially with each subsequent marriage. The following shows the average percent of marriages that end in divorce:


In America, there are over 6,500 divorces finalized every day which equates to a divorce every 13 seconds! While divorce rates have been dropping steadily since 1996, this is still a very high number. The divorce rate among couples with children is 40 percent lower than couples without children and seventy-five percent of children with divorced parents live with their mother.

According the the CDC:


This means that the percentage of marriages that end in divorce is just over 50!.