My husband and I were married in Maryland. I now reside in Florida due to escaping domestic violence. My husband resides in Virginia. Do I have to file in the state we were married in, my current state, or my husbands state?
Under Florida law, you can petition for dissolution of marriage in the county where you have resided for at least 6 months prior to filing the petition. You really should consult with an experienced family law attorney in Jacksonville to see if you meet the residency requirements, and further to retain that attorney to prepare and file the petition for you. It is worth the extra money to be adequately represented so you don't end up with a botched divorce that will be even more expensive to request. This goes triple if there are any minor children involved, you will be doing them and yourself a disservice trying to represent yourself pro se. Check out the Find a Lawyer tab in this regard. Hope this helps!
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I agree that you can file here in Florida so long as you have resided here for at least 6 months. I will be happy to answer any other questions you may have on this topic.
If you have lived in Florida for more than six months, you can seek a divorce in Florida. There are other issues to consider though - if you have property in Virginia, if you have children etc You should speak with a local family law attorney to discuss the specifics of your case.
This response is for general purposes only and does not establish an attorney-client relationship. You should contact an attorney to fully discuss your issues.
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