What is suit money in a Florida divorce?

Suit money includes a large range of expenditures outside the normal costs incurred through divorce proceedings. This includes expenses for a forensic accountant, real and personal property appraisals, transcripts, custody evaluation expenses, some travel expenses, private detective work, and all other costs required for pursuing or defending an action.

It is not uncommon in Palm Beach County divorce cases for the court to award suit money for the needy spouse to employ a forensic Certified Public Accountant as well as money to hire real and personal property appraisers and funds for depositions and other transcripts. If custody of children is an issue, the court may also order one or both spouses to contribute to the cost of a social investigation of the parties.

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