Jacksonville, FL asked in Divorce for Florida

Q: I moved to fl 10/6/12. Husband lives in Alabama. Separated 4 yrs and want to get divorce - sent him letter about desire for divorce...

...before I left. Never got a response. It was a bad marraige,we have no children or property involved. I am age 60 with no job when I first got here I lived in hotel. Now I have been living with daughter for about 4 months and not sure how to prove I have been here little over 6 months. How do I get help with getting divorce if husband is in another state, can he block me from getting a divorce?

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2 Lawyer Answers
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Do you have a Florida driver's license? If not, your daughter can testify to the fact that you have been a resident of Florida for over 6 months. As far as the divorce goes, you will need to serve him in Alabama. He cannot block you from getting a divorce. If he does not respond to the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, you can file a Motion for Default, obtain a default, and proceed to a final judgment for dissolution. I recommend that you consult with an attorney regarding the particulars of your case. Many attorneys on here, including myself, offer free initial consultations. Best of luck!

Natalie Guerra-Valdes




  • Clearwater, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You can prove FL residency through testimony of a person who knows you and who has personal knowledge that you are a FL resident.

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