How Old Must A Person Be To Get Married?

A person, who is 18, can marry without parental consent. However, if under 18 but at least 17, and the couple is not more than 2 years apart in age, the couple may marry with parental consent.[1] [1] §741.04, Fla. Stat.


Is A Wife Required To Take Her Husband’s Last Name?

No. It is customary in the United States that a wife take her husband’s last name (or surname as it is legally called), but it is not required by law. If the wife takes her husband’s surname, she should change her name on her Social Security card, driver license, voter registration, credit cards, bank accounts,…


What Are Grounds For Divorce In Florida?

Florida is a “no-fault” divorce state, meaning the court need not find either party at fault to dissolve a marriage. It is sufficient to show only that the marriage is irretrievably broken.[1] [1] § 61.052, Fla. Stat.


If You Get A Divorce, How Is Your Property Divided?

Florida is known as an equitable distribution state. This means that the courts have the power to decide how property and debts obtained during a marriage should be fairly divided upon divorce. Even though fault is not an issue in granting the dissolution, the division of property and possessions, responsibility for support and custody of…


What About Alimony?

After equitable distribution has been made, the court may consider the award of alimony. The court may grant alimony to either the husband or the wife. In awarding alimony, the court considers many factors necessary to do equity and justice between the husband and wife.[1] For more information, please review The Florida Bar publication:…


Is Same-Sex Marriage Legal In Florida?

Yes.  In 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled all states are required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and to recognize sex-same marriages validly performed in other jurisdictions.