That depends on many variables including your spouse's desire to work out resolutions to issues and both parties desire to avoid protracted litigation. Most divorces can be finalized within 6 months however some may take longer and others can be wrapped up in 6-8 weeks.
Once you have separated from your spouse, you may legally date. However, there may be other issues that may impact your ultimate decision including the best interest of your children to associate you immediately with another partner other than their parent and religious issues.
If you have commingled the funds of an inheritance with your spouse, the court may consider this a gift to your spouse. If you have kept monies in a separate account and do not commingle it with other monies you are more likely to not have to share it.
This is the Florida principle that both parents should have equal responsibility and input into their children's lives even after a divorce. Shared parenting does not mean necessarily that both parties will have equal amount of time with the child. (that is often referred to as joint parental responsibility)
Unfortunately the answer is very likely "no." Florida is a "no-fault" state, as are most these days, so the reality is that your spouse is not going to be punished by an obligation of paying your attorney's fees. The Court does have the power to order one party to pay all or a part of the other's fees in dissolution cases - if that is necessary for one party to be able to afford to be adequately represented. The test in that instance is usually relative incomes or consideration of the overall amount of assets to be divided in the case. The Court does have the power to award "conduct-based fees" when one party is found to have unreasonably extended the length or expense of the proceedings.
No, although the value of all marital property should be divided equally in most cases, it is not always necessary and in many times it is not feasible to split each marital asset.
Anything that is acquired during the marriage by the parties is joint marital property regardless of how it is titled and who pays for it. The only exceptions are those items acquired through an inheritance or a gift and that are not commingled or gifted to the other spouse.
Yes, both alimony and child support can be awarded on a temporary basis prior to the final judgment if the court finds that a spouse has the need for such award and the other spouse has the ability to pay.
Yes, mediation is an excellent way to resolve differences. Mediation is a process in which a neutral party sits down with you and your spouse and helps you create the terms for your divorce. The neutral party does not have the authority to make decisions for you. The process typically saves the parties money, time and grief and can be designed to meet specific needs of each party.
Can I sue my spouse for abandonment?
In Florida it is no longer necessary to recite grounds for divorce. All that is necessary is that the marriage is irretrievably broken.
Unless there is a specific geographical restriction in your settlement agreement or it provides that you must get court approval or approval from the nonresidential parent. If it is left up to the court, you will probably be able to move if you can show that it improves the quality of life for your child and that other satisfactory times and ways of contact with the nonresidential parent can be provided.
You can separate without getting a divorce but Florida does not have a legal separation. In Florida, you are either married or you are not. However, parties may file a petition for separate maintenance to provide for temporary means of support during the separation.
Disclaimer: This is not provided as a legal opinion upon which you may rely. Please note that there are exceptions to every situation and advice cannot be given unless there is an understanding of the specific facts of your case. Please talk with an experienced family law attorney before taking any action.