Florida’s divorce rate is decreasing. The reason for the decline is multifaceted, not the least of which is that fewer people are tying the knot these days. Yet, despite the dip, people in certain professions seem to land in divorce court more than the average Floridian.
Florida divorce basics
Florida is a no-fault divorce state, meaning you needn’t give a reason for ending a marriage. To file, one party must have lived in the state for at least six months leading up to the divorce. However, exceptions exist for active service members deployed elsewhere.
To obtain a legal divorce, one party must file a Petition for the Dissolution of Marriage and serve it to his or her spouse. Once that’s done, petitioners have 45 days to submit financial statements, at which point divorce court negotiations can begin.
Who is most likely to get a divorce?
While people from all walks of life divorce, individuals in certain professions are more likely to dissolve their unions. Those who are more apt to end up getting divorced include:
• Entertainers. Succeeding as an entertainer requires unwavering commitment. For that reason, people in “the industry” often find it tough to maintain relationships while ascending the showbiz ranks.
- Massage therapists and bartenders. It may sound cliché, but connecting closely with other people regularly — either physically or emotionally — often leads to infidelity and divorce.
- Entrepreneurs. Rise-and-grind culture is demanding, and it’s the mantra to which many entrepreneurs adhere when chasing their dreams. But all work and no family time frequently leads to divorce.
- Machine operators. Automation is on the rise, and machine operators are being laid off in droves. As a result, machine operators and other factory workers must deal with the stress of uncertain financial futures, which commonly culminates in divorce.
If you’re ready to explore your divorce options, consulting with a family law attorney may be helpful.