Family Law (Divorce, Family Relations)/Motion to dismiss


My spouse did not file for our divorce in the county of our last residence which was in Flagler County, Florida. She left me and moved in with an ex-patient that she met while in a mental hospital in Duval County. (She has been diagnosed with bipolar 1 with psychotic episodes,and was in the mental hospital for 39 days.) She got out on May 1,13 and filed for divorce on May 17,13. I want to file a motion to dismiss the suit due to the lack of Duval County Court's jurisdiction.

Hi Dale, any court in Florida will have jurisdiction over the case. What you are discussing is venue and is not as controlling as jurisdiction, The most proper venue in divorce cases pursuant to Florida Case law is laid in the county where you and your wife last resided together as husband and wife. While you may be able to have the case transferred to the proper county under a motion to transfer the court is not likely to dismiss the action outright but will usually enter an order that will require your wife to transfer the case to the proper county within a time certain or the case will be dismissed if she fails to do so.

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Dan Bachert


I can respond to questions pertaining to Florida Family Law within the specific areas of Divorce, Child Custody, Child Timesharing, Alimony and Child Support Enforcement/Modification, Equitable distribution, and Inter Family Adoptions.


Actively practicing Family law in the Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie Counties for the past eleven years.

Florida Bar, Family Law Section of Florida Bar, Palm Beach County Bar Association, BNI

Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University; Juris Doctorate from St. Thomas School of Law

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