Divorce is initiating first in Florida by first filing a divorce petition. In that petition you have to put in the residential requirements that you’ve been a resident in Florida six months or longer prior to filing of the petition.You have to also show whether or not the person you are divorcing is in the military, whether or not you have minor children, you have to allege that the marriage is irretrievably broken, and you have to do a “prayer for relief.” After the divorce is started in Florida, at that point, it is sent out for service and the other party has 20 days to answer it, otherwise, he or she faces a default.