What is a No-Fault Divorce?
According to Wikipedia, the definition of no-fault divorce is “a divorce in which the dissolution of a marriage does not require a showing of wrongdoing by either party. Laws providing for no-fault divorce allow a family court to grant a divorce in response to a petition by either party of the marriage without requiring the petitioner to provide evidence that the defendant has committed a breach of the marital contract.’
For many years there needed to be a reason such as proven adultery, abuse, abandonment, or mental cruelty for a couple to obtain a divorce. Now, in every state, including Washington DC, there no longer needs to be a reason for filing for and obtaining a divorce or dissolution of marriage(the term used to end a marriage). The term “no-fault divorce” is used to describe the legal process leading to a divorce. In fact, only one of the spouses needs to want a divorce, and after taking the proper legal steps can, for no other reason than desire, obtain a divorce.
It is the opinion of the court that should even one party feel the marriage is irrevocably broken that in fact, the marriage is over. Sometimes a judge will encourage a couple to try marriage counseling, particularly if one party strongly objects to a divorce. Sadly, this idea rarely works, and most marriages are terminated for no reason, or with no-fault.
Historically, as early as 1757, Frederick the Great of Prussiasponsored an edict which allowed marriages to be ended when there was serious and continual hostility between spouses with no need to point a finger at either spouse. Russian passed the first official no-fault divorce law in 1917. However, it wasn’t until 1969 that no-fault divorce came to the United States when California became the first state to permit no-fault divorce. Other states quickly followed until today all states concur, and the states of Nevada, Montana, Michigan, California, Kentucky, Florida, Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, New Mexico, Missouri, Colorado, and Kansas do not even permit those seeking a divorce to say there is a fault to base the divorce on.
If you live in Florida in the county of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Miami Dade, Broward, Orange, or Hillsborough or New York or Washington DC, Family Law attorney Grant Gisondo is experienced in representing clients seeking a divorce. He offers a free, initial, in-office consultation where he can answer your questions regarding no-fault divorce in Florida. You can also get to know attorney Gisondo and learn how he can help with your divorce specifics. He is available Monday through Friday (unless he is in court) form 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and, for new clients, on Saturday from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. The number to call for an appointment is(561) 530-4568.