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.
Once you've made the decision to divorce, it's often not as simple as running to a lawyer and filing. Well, it could be, but in most circumstances it is wise to do some prep work before you actually file.
When someone in considers filing for divorce, it is recommended that they start compiling financial paperwork that could aid in the divorce process. That individual will likely start to consider what assets may be split up, including bank accounts, cars, a home, and furniture. While some of these things may be pretty typical in any divorce, every couple will have some unique assets that will have to be split up as well.
In our last post we discussed the fact that some people in Florida and across the United States try to hide assets during a divorce. This kind of behavior often stems from a spouse feeling that the division of all actual assets would be unfair to them. In some cases, these kinds of disagreements can be worked out with the help of lawyers and may lead to a settlement. In other cases, though, the divorce will have to make its way into the courtroom.
Although child custody is often seen as one of the hardest parts of divorce, most Florida divorcees would agree that property division is no cakewalk either. In essence, the things you have and the assets you have worked for are being split up. This can be extreme hard on the pocketbook. With that said, it may come as no surprise that some ex-spouses will try to hide their assets during divorce, especially if it is a high-asset split.
Compared to the typical marriage, celebrity marriages don’t seem to do so well, with tons of reports of divorces making the front page each year. Once in a while we hear about long-term marriages among celebrities spanning 15 or even 20 years, but a long-lasting marriage does not always mean a happy marriage.
Although it’s likely one of the more tedious parts of divorce, property division is the component of divorce that is strongly tied to how a person is able to progress financially after the divorce. What a person leaves a marriage with will play a key role in their standard of living in the future.
The decision to divorce may come after years of debating, or it may be a fairly quick choice after a devastating incident such as infidelity. No matter how a person reaches this decision, there are steps that are important to take before actually filing the paperwork.