A recent report from credit.com shows one of the many reasons that some people are hesitant to get a divorce in Florida: cost. In order to initiate the divorce proceedings in our state, Floridians will pay $409. That is the most expensive filing fee in the nation. Right behind us is Minnesota at $402 and California at $395. It may not seem that bad until you hear that the filing fee in Mississippi is $52.
On top of that, Florida residents often worry about the cost of hiring a lawyer. It’s no wonder that some people consider filing for divorce without the help of a legal professional. Unfortunately, much like filing taxes on your own, the benefits of paying for professional help might actually outweigh the cost in the long run.
Property division in Florida can be extremely complex, especially if there are numerous assets involved. Couples may have been married for years or even decades, and accumulated various assets such as vacation homes, stocks, investment properties, and retirement accounts. Not to mention, if a couple owns a business, things can get even more complicated.
Trying to work out these matters on your own could lead to mistakes or regrets. In the end, an individual may have to hire a professional anyway in order to ask for modifications or changes. It’s important to start off on the right foot from the get-go. Although Florida’s filing fee may be at the top of the list, a Florida lawyer can help divorcees come out of the process on a sound financial footing.
Source: Tampa Bay Business Journal, “Florida the most expensive state in the country to file for divorce,” Aug. 4, 2014