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Best Ways to Save Money When Doing Your Own Divorce in Florida

In Florida, which is a no-fault only state, many people know that a great way to save money in a divorce is by doing it yourself without a lawyer. Spouses use 3StepDivorceTM for Florida to prepare their required Florida uncontested divorce paperwork when they reach an agreement and are both willing to sign.

Here are some other great ways you can save money when filing for a no contest divorce in Florida.

Stay Organization

Good organization with your divorce can easily translate into saved money. Having all the paperwork and essential documents in one place, together, means you have a better chance of not having to take more time off from work for extra or duplicate trips to the courthouse. Have all your paperwork together when you notarize the documents and file them, as well as personal photo identification and a copy of your marriage certificate and existing court orders if you have any.

Notarizing Your Divorce Papers

You will have some documents that will need to be notarized. An easy way to save money on notary fees is to check to see if your bank offers this service, as sometimes they do for their customers for free. If your bank does not offer this service, check with your court, or call around to local notaries to see what they charge for notarizing documents. Notary fees can add up if you do not take these extra steps.

Waiving Filing Fees

The divorce filing fee in Florida costs between $350 and $410, depending on the county (one of the more expensive states). An indigent Petitioner may find this fee too much to pay and apply for an Application for Determination of Indigent Status. On the Application you need to list your assets, liabilities, any money in the bank as well as property and income from wages (or non wage sources, including disability, unemployment or worker’s compensation). You sign, date, and notarize the form and file it with the Petition for Dissolution. Even if the Petitioner is deemed indigent, he or she must pay a one-time administrative fee of $25.

A Fee-Waiver Petition is a document that specifically requests that the divorce filing fee, which varies by court, be waived by the clerk, and that you be allowed to file the Petition free of charge. As grounds, you must assert that you are indigent and unable to pay the statutory fee. The Fee-Waiver Petition can also request of a waiver of the sheriff's fees required for service of the Petition.

At a hearing, the judge reviews the paperwork and either approve or deny the Fee-waiver Petition. If the Petition is denied, you pay the filing fee to the clerk before the clerk's office will process the divorce Petition.

Paying Taxes When You Divorce in Florida

When you file for an uncontested divorce in Florida, you now must agree about how you are going to file your taxes. You may have the option to file jointly if you were separated in any part of the year, or you can choose to file singly. You can no longer file a joint return for the year in which your divorce becomes final. Filing singly, however, puts you both in a different tax bracket than if you file jointly, which is usually offering more tax advantages for a married couple. If you qualify to file head of household, you take the deduction for the children and the other spouse does not get those benefits.

Filing Florida Divorce Papers by Mail

Florida courts may offer a mail-in procedure option if you cannot take time from work to file your documents. If you do file by mail, please keep in mind that it will lengthen the process because the delivery periods and the time it takes to correspond. You would need to call your court and find out what the exact mail in procedure is so you have all the proper documents, envelopes, court filing fee and other things the court required for you to file this way. Be advised that most people filing their own divorce do it in person by going to the court and hand delivered the required divorce papers to the Clerk.

Inexpensive Service of Process

Service of process can be costly, however, trying to cut costs here may mean that you can have your spouse sign and have the Waiver of Service notarized. Both you and your spouse should have copies of all the divorce paperwork. The Petitioner is responsible for getting the paperwork he or she files with the courts to his or her spouse and the Respondent is responsible for getting all the paperwork he or she files to his or her spouse for timely filing.

Using the sheriff’s office or certified process server can vary in fees, so if this is your option, make sure you call to find out how much this will cost.

Florida Legal Aid Agencies

Doing your own divorce does not mean you won’t need some legal questions answered. The best place to look for free or cheap legal help is a legal aid agency. This agency is often the first place you can look for a low cost attorney you can consult with to answer your questions. Once you have your questions answered, you can still proceed with filing your own divorce. Also consider doing some divorce research online, as many common questions are answered in detail.

Choosing Divorce Mediation to Resolve your Issues

If you have come up with an issue you and your spouse cannot resolve, that does not mean you have to trash the idea of doing your own divorce. Rather, seek out a Florida mediator who can help you overcome some hostility that might be associated with the disputed issue and show you an alternative negotiation to come up with a fair settlement. Mediation is a less expensive means than litigation and you can still do your own divorce. Many spouses in Florida who choose mediation, do so to save money which naturally leans them in the direction of filing for the divorce themselves.

A Simple Divorce Process
Step 1 See if you qualify & create account!
Step 2 Answer the questions at your own pace.
Step 3 Print, sign and file your divorce forms with your local court (instantly review & print your forms online or have them sent US Priority Mail at no additional charge).

START HERE

Only $299 (flat-fee)

or 2 monthly payments of $157
or 3 monthly payments of $109
or 4 monthly payments of $84
Payment Options Do Not Delay Divorce
Instant Delivery - Instant Changes
100% Guarantee of Court Approval
or Your Money Back
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