Florida divorce law contains many presumptions. A presumption assumes one simple fact from the existence of another fact. Presumptions are a good way to make it easier to ascertain a fact or even to implement the state’s public procedures. Here are a few of the presumptions in Florida divorce law:

 Matrimony Presumptions
1. Florida law presumes that your union is legitimate if both parties have a ceremony and live together under a belief that they are lawfully married.

Fair Distribution Presumptions

2. Florida law presumes that assets and debts amassed during the marriage are marital and susceptible to equitable distribution.
3. Florida law also presumes that both spouses made an equal contribution towards the marriage.
4. Equitable distribution presumes a 50/50 split of assets and debt as the starting point for division.

Child-Related Presumptions

5. Kids born during a marriage are presumed to be the legitimate children of the spouses.
6. Florida legal courts are presumed to possess ongoing jurisdiction over child matters once the first decision originated from a Florida court.
7. Shared parental obligation is also assumed in Florida law.

Alimony Presumptions

8. Florida divorce law presumes that an entitlement to alimony in a long-term marriage and presumes virtually no entitlement in a short-term marriage.
9. Once ordered, Florida law presumes an ability to pay for support amounts directed by the court.


Family law issues can become extremely complex.  Securing strong legal representation from an attorney who knows Florida divorce law is the first step toward the outcome you deserve.  If you are concerned about what will happen to your children, the future of your home and other assets, or the overall costs of divorce, please schedule an initial consultation with experienced family law attorney.

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