Hello and welcome to 60 Seconds with Sergio. I am your host, Sergio Cabanas, Attorney-at-Law here in Florida. Thank you for joining me today.
Today’s question is: “Sergio, I’ve been a resident of Florida for a long time, however, I don’t have any legal immigration status here in the US, am I still able to get a divorce here?”
The short answer is “yes”, you do not have to have any legal immigration status. You don’t have to have an active tourist visa, you don’t have to have anything whatsoever.
The divorce-related matters are what we deal with within a divorce court. We do not deal at all with any immigration matter whatsoever. So we don’t have to deal or worry about at all with immigration officials being called that are somehow launching some kind of investigation.
That there will be some kind of risk of deportation. None of that exists in a divorce court in Florida.
The only requirement under Florida’s law is that you, or your spouse, not even both of you just one or the other, has been a resident of Florida for a minimum of six months when the divorce is filed. That’s it.
So, this divorce is handled the same way as any other case. It simply starts with you, preferably consulting with an attorney who can review all specific information related to your case and preparing proper divorce paperwork, including a petition for the divorce. And the process is handled the same way as any other case.
I hope this short video provided you some guidance over this important area of the law. Thank you again for joining me today. And as always, stay informed so you can stay strong.