Florida Grounds for Divorce

The Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is the initial document filed with the Florida court. It is in this document that the filing spouse will request the court to terminate the marriage under certain specified grounds.

One of the following facts must have occured for a final judgment to be granted:

(a)  irretrievably breakdown of the marriage.

(b)  Mental incapacity of one of the spouses. (Florida Statutes - Chapters: 61.052)

Every dissolution of marriage case that is filed in the state of Florida must declare the grounds in which the dissolution of marriage is to be granted. The grounds for dissolution of marriage must be substantiated with evidence or testimony otherwise the court may dismiss the case. When you are petitioning the court for a dissolution of marriage, or agreeing to a dissolution of marriage, make sure that you completely understand the grounds and any potential legal repercussions. If you would like to learn more about the Florida grounds, visit the Florida state statutes located at: