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If you’re contemplating the challenging decision of filing for divorce, we’re here to guide you with understanding and support. Let’s explore whether it matters who files for divorce first in the State of Florida, shedding light on both the advantages and disadvantages:

Advantages of Filing for Divorce First:

  1. Emotional Closure and Control: Whether you’ve been contemplating divorce or it’s a sudden revelation, filing first can provide emotional closure and empower you to take control of the decision. Initiating the process sooner allows for quicker healing.
  2. Timelines and Documentation: As the Petitioner, you can set the pace. Divorce Filing enables you to control court timelines, plan for necessary documentation (financial records, etc.), and safeguard your financial interests.
  3. Financial Protection: Filing establishes a date of separation, protecting your finances and property from that point onward. This proactive step helps in planning your financial future, ensuring stability for yourself and your children.

Disadvantages of Filing for Divorce First:

  1. Filing Fees: To kickstart the process, you’ll incur filing fees, including the $409.00 filing fee in Florida. Additionally, summons or process service fees apply. It’s a financial consideration to bear in mind.
  2. Potential Strain on Relationships: Filing divorce first might alter the dynamics, potentially causing strain or animosity. While this can be challenging, it’s essential to navigate through emotions during settlement and mediation sessions.

Remember, there’s no legal advantage to being the first to file for divorce, but understanding the nuances can help you make an informed decision. If you’re ready to take the next step, consider filling out our SplytUp Interest Form. We’re here to assist you on this journey with care and compassion. 🤝


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