The divorce process can seem quite confusing to someone going through it for the first time; it can almost feel like trying to find your way through a very dark place. Each step of the procedure requires the former spouse to fill out new forms and reveal aspects of their marriage that they may feel uncomfortable discussing. But it's important to remember that divorce is a legal matter that requires completing specific steps. So here is a quick look at some of the common initial legal steps that usually take place during a divorce.
In Florida, courts do not recognize legal separation, so the first step in this state is for the spouse and their attorney to file a petition for divorce which can also be known as a letter of complaint. In the petition, the spouse who is filing for divorce lists the names and addresses of the couple involved as well as the names and ages of any children they may have. The petition must also include a reason for requesting the divorce.