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Can you call off your divorce once you start it?

The short answer is yes. There are many reasons why couples start divorce proceedings and many reasons why they change their minds and decide to give the marriage a second or even third chance. A good divorce lawyer honors and supports those decisions.


People living together in a marriage, who come from different backgrounds, different cultures, with different styles of communication and schedules often struggle to make it work. Many of these problems can be solved by extended work with a marriage and family counselor- some unfortunately cannot be solved.


After one spouse files and serves a petition for dissolving the marriage, the other is required to answer within 20 days. The receiving spouse may file a counter-petition, meaning he or she desires the divorce too. When one spouse decides to call it off, he or she can file a voluntary dismissal. If the other spouse agrees to stop proceedings, the counter petition will be dismissed. That ends the case.


In the event the parties decide later to get a divorce, they can start again, with a new petition. The only requirements in Florida are that one spouse has been a resident for six months prior to the petition and that the marriage is irretrievably broken.


Here at Rice Law Firm, we seriously take the job of educating our clients about the ins and outs of filing for divorce. If folks decide to give it another try after filing, we applaud and support your effort. To find out more about what your divorce would look like in the State of Florida today, give us a call for a consultation. We are happy to provide all information and support you desire.


(386) 257 1222.