Florida divorce filing fees got more expensive on July 1, 2008. It now costs approximately $400 to file a divorce case. If you cannot afford to file for divorce, you have two alternatives. The first alternative is a payment plan. The Clerks of Court offers a payment plan for divorce filing fees in Florida. There is a $25 fee to set up the payment program however.
If you meet the expanded federal poverty guidelines, you qualify for a waiver of all court fees. For a family of two this year, that means you have a yearly household income of about $32,000. If you fall into this category, you probably also qualify for a Legal Aid or Legal Services attorney.
In either case, be sure to bring proof of your income when you visit the clerk's office to file your Florida divorce.
It seems to us that if you cannot afford to pay the fees when you file, it is an extra kick in the teeth to pay an additional $25 to get divorced. What do you think?
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