Florida Is the Most Expensive State to Get a Divorce
The reason: Florida is the most expensive place to get a divorce in the U.S.
According to a national database from FindTheBest.com, getting divorced is not only expensive, it's a pain in the ass too.
Which means you're probably better off not getting married at all, or just learning to tolerate your spouse, lest you want to go through a drawn-out process that will put a serious dent in your wallet.
The FindTheBest database factors in things such as divorce rate, filing fees, ease of filing for divorce, and how long the process takes in each state.
And, when it comes to Florida, the database gave it an overall ease of filing a score of 60, which is sort of middle-of-the-road compared to other states, but still an insufferable process.
The biggest obstacles facing folks who can no longer take the sight of each other's faces are the processing fee, which comes to a whopping $409, as well as the wait time, which has people waiting a minimum of 200 days before the filing can be processed.
That's 200 days to either change your mind, or not murder each other.
Florida also requires that at least one of the parties be a state resident for at least six months.
Yet, even with the high filing fee and wait time, Florida remains a top 10 state where people get divorced.
According to Bloomberg, Florida ranks seventh in divorce rates in the U.S.
Specifically, a 2010 study revealed that four cities in Florida ranked in the top 10 for divorce, including Panama City at number one, with Deltona coming in at 6th, Palm Bay 8th, and Jacksonville 9th.
Top 10 most expensive states to get a divorce:
1. Florida (filing fee: $409)
2. Minnesotta (filing fee: $402)
3. California (filing fee: $395)
4. Illinois (filing fee: $337)
5. New York (filing fee: $335)
6. Louisiana (filing fee: $324)
7. Arizona (filing fee: $321)
8. Pennsylvania (filing fee: $317)
9. Utah (filing fee: $310)
10. Tennessee (filing fee: $302)
So, there you have it. If you want to get a divorce, Florida is probably not the place to do it.