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1

Marriages that are not permitted in Florida

Sham marriages, marriage to a minor without parental consent, and Common-Law marriage

2

Issuing a marriage license in Florida

1. 3 day waiting period, unless waived for good cause or if one of the parties is a non-resident
2. common law marriage not recognized, unless if it was entered into prior to 1968 or if it was entered into in another state that recognizes common-law marriages
3. A marriage license will not be issues if at least one spouse is currently married, if it is a sham marriage, or if the parties are too closely related
5. Proxy marriages are not permitted

3

Factors the court takes into consideration when awarding alimony

1. Length of marriage

2. Future responsibilities for minor children of payee spouse

3.Age and health of payor spouse

4

Grounds for divorce in Florida

The marriage is irretrievably broken

5

Annulments in Florida

1. An annulment will affect the legal status of marital children.

2. Failure to seek an annulment in a timely manner after discovering a defect in the marriage can prevent a party from obtaining an annulment.

3. Condonation and ratification are available defenses in an annulment action.

6

Will the remarriage of the payor for alimony automatically terminate duty to pay?

no

7

What type of alimony requires the court to develop a specific and definite plan, such as a budget for expenses?

rehabilitative alimony

8

A child is deemed dependent if the court finds ___________________ that the child has been abandoned, abused, or neglected by the child’s parents.

by a preponderance of the evidence