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Many Florida Cities Have High Divorce Rates


As a general rule, nearly half of all marriages end in divorce. However, there are some areas of the United States where divorces are more common than others. But why?

Religious communities tend to have lower divorce rates, while states that have lenient laws regarding divorce are more likely to have more divorces. Florida is known for having high divorce rates. Of the top 25 cities with the highest divorce rates, eight of those cities are in Florida. That’s likely because Florida is a no-fault state.  In order to divorce, all a couple has to do is claim that their marriage is irretrievably broken.

Why do couples divorce? There are myriad reasons, but the most common one is money. Of the top 25 cities with the highest divorce rates, none have a median income exceeding $74,000.  Conversely, of the top 25 cities with the lowest divorce rates, most have a median income that is much higher than average.

Getting a divorce is also costly. The average cost can vary based on location and other factors. The average cost of a divorce in Florida is $13,500, which is the 15th highest of the 50 states.

Top Florida Cities for Divorce

Among the top 25 cities for divorce are multiple Florida cities. At #22 is West Pensacola, which has a divorce population of 17.8%, or 3,073 people. The total population is 21,243. The median income is $42,485.

At #17 on the list is Panama City. Eighteen percent of the city’s population of 36,880 people is divorced. That amounts to 5,411 people. The median income is $52,088

Bayshore Gardens is the third city on the list, at #15. In this city, 18.1% of the population is divorced. This accounts for 3,016 of the 20,293 residents. The median income is $49,948.

Largo, Florida is #13 on the list. There are 83,243 people in the city. Of those, 13,104, or 18.2%, are divorced. The median income is $57,256.

Ensley, Florida is at #11. Of the 22,844 people in the city, 3,470, or 18.3%, are divorced. The median income is $55,222.

At #9 on the list is Bellview. In this city, 18.5% of the 21,269 residents are divorced. This accounts for 3,324 people. The median income is $63,527.

Up higher on the list, at #3, is South Bradenton. The city has a population of 25,646. Of those people, 19.9%, or 4,275, are divorced. The median income is $44,106.

Topping the list at #1 is Lealman, Florida. There are 21,281 residents. Of those, 3,594 people, or 20.2%, are divorced. The median income is $39,910.

Seek Legal Help

Ending a marriage is not usually a complicated process in Florida, but there are some exceptions. In a contentious divorce, there could be issues involving asset division or child custody.

You can divorce with less stress if you have the right legal help on your side. Contact Fort Lauderdale divorce attorney Edward J. Jennings, P.A. today. He and his team can resolve your issues with their experience and compassion. Schedule a consultation by calling 954-764-4330 or filling out the online form.


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