I've got married for two years. My husband and I recently had some conflicts and he wanted to get divorce with me even though I didn't want to. He said he would file divorce papers and I would have to sign. If I refused, he would process the divorce without me or ask the police to force me to sign. I don't want this to happen, how can I refuse to sign the papers and still save my marriage?
You are mistaken about a lot of things. You do not have to sign anything and no one can force you to sign divorce papers. In order to save your marriage it will be necessary to hire an attorney
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Your husband is quoting you bad law here. If you husband files for divorce, there are no papers for you to sign. He can proceed with the Dissolution of Marriage case (Florida is a no-fault divorce state and one spouse cannot contest proceeding with the divorce if the other states in the pleadings that the marriage is "irretrievably broken"). The police do not get involved. That is not to say that if one party does not want the divorce, there aren't ways for that party to slow down the process but in the end, the divorce will eventually be granted. If he files for divorce and has an attorney, I would suggest you contact one immediately as well to protect yourself.
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