This is a question that will stir up arguments many times over. There is a difference between date the petition is filed and date of separation in many cases.
I have attached a link to a Florida Bar article that breaks it down very well. I would recommend you contact a local family law attorney to discuss these issues directly.
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This is when the date of separation becomes important, because there is a case which says that personal property which comes into the hands of one of the spouses, after separation, is their own property.
R. Jason de Groot, Esq., 386-337-8239
I agree with my colleague. Generally speaking, the courts use the earlier of the date of separation or the date on which the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage was filed.
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I have been successful in arguing date of petition in several cases. Unfortunately, this is a gray area. Florida is called an "equitable distribution state" and the Judge has substantial leeway to do what he/she feels is fair.
Lawrence J. Marraffino
Gainesville Family Law Attorney
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