A Florida regular dissolution of marriage case begins with the filing of a legal document called a petition for dissolution of marriage. Either spouse may file the petition, but it must be filed in the circuit court of the county where the couple most recently lived as husband and wife or in the county of residence of either party.
The petition in a regular divorce case must include certain specific information such as an allegation that the marriage cannot be repaired and a statement of the relief sought from the court. The petitioner must also see that the other spouse is served with the proper documents. Upon service, the other spouse has 20 days to file an answer.