Divorcing spouses in Florida are not always in agreement about ending their marriage. In many cases, one spouse suggests a divorce while the other spouse attempts to reconcile the marriage. However, the spouse that wants a divorce cannot be legally prevented from getting one.
Florida is a no-fault divorce state
In Florida, you can get a divorce for any reason. You do not need to prove that your spouse cheated on you, was violent or had a substance abuse problem. You can simply file for divorce by citing “irreconcilable differences.”
Your spouse cannot legally stop you from getting a divorce. However, they may do things to make the divorce process more difficult for you. Spouses that do not agree with a divorce may refuse to fill out paperwork or show up at scheduled court appointments.
Approach the divorce carefully
Spouses that are resistant to getting a divorce may refuse to participate in the process or participate while hoping that the process won’t actually be completed. People in the latter category usually become angry once they realize that the divorce is really going forward.
If you suspect that your spouse won’t agree to a divorce, it’s important that you approach them carefully. Broaching the subject of divorce will be difficult, and your spouse may become unpredictable during the divorce process. Unpredictability is a dangerous trait for a divorcing spouse to have, as they could start out mournful and then become vengeful.
Having all of your divorce paperwork ready could help you during a divorce with an uncooperative spouse. If your spouse is refusing to participate in the process, don’t let this stop you from gathering all of the documentation required for property division and child custody hearings.