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Can I Get a Legal Separation in Florida?
The decision to end your marriage is a big one and one that you do not want to make lightly. Some couples may want to separate for a period of time before they decide to go ahead with a divorce. In some states, you can get a legal separation as a step towards dissolving your marriage. Florida does not have a formal legal separation statute. In states that do have legal separation, judges handle a separation in a manner that is similar to divorce. The couple resolves many of the issues of a divorce at the time of the separation except that the parties stay married. Can We Live Apart? Although there is no legal mechanism for a separation in Florida, it may still be in your best interest to live apart for awhile before you decide to divorce. The law does allow for you to petition for alimonymore
Can I Get an Annulment Instead of a Divorce?
Many couples wonder whether they should seek to terminate their marriage with a divorce or whether they should try to annul their union. There are a number of things to consider when making this important decision. It is helpful to understand the divorce and annulment processes so you can make the right choice. Most often, annulments are associated with marriages of short duration. If you have been married a long time, an annulment is likely not an option. Short-Term Marriages When you walk down the aisle, you assume that your marriage will be forever. Unfortunately, there are some couples who find out relatively quickly that marriage was a mistake. Some celebrities have had extremely short marriages. For example, Britney Spears was married to Jason Alexander for just 55 hours before they called it quits. They were granted an annulment. Mario Lopez was married to Ali Landry for two weeks before she found out.
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Can I Get a Downward Departure on My Case?
If you are found guilty of a crime, the law generally stipulates sentencing guidelines that the judge follows when he or she orders a sentence. A downward departure occurs when the judge departs from the applicable sentence and orders a lower sentence than is recommended for a particular crime. A downward departure can be utilized only in the sentencing of some types of crimes and only when mitigating factors are present. What is a Downward Departure? In Florida, the state uses a computer system to assign scores to every person who is accused of a crime. Scores are calculated using a formula that is designated in the Florida Department of Corrections Criminal Punishment Code (CPC). Each crime is assigned a level and associated numerical value. It applies to sentencing for all felonies, except for capital felonies, that were committed after October 1, 1998. A person convicted of a.
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