Florida is home to the nation's third-highest divorce rate. This alone is not a happy fact. But perhaps more disturbing are the large-scale side effects of marital discord. There is deep psychological and economic fallout. According to the Times-Union, Florida's divorce rate contributes to its status as one of the "most stressed states in the country." Children of divorce are prone to emotional disorders and developmental delays. By some estimates, divorces cost Florida taxpayers upwards of $2 billion each year.
The gossip column, at times, is true: Richard Williams, father of tennis stars Venus and Serena, has filed paperwork in Florida to divorce from his wife. Despite Williams’ (relative) celebrity status, the issues at-play resemble those of most high-net-worth divorces. There are financial uncertainties – and rumors of foul play. There are child custody considerations. There are concerns about whether the spouses, in light of their marital problems, can reach accord.