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Need a divorce? A Tampa radio station is giving one away this Valentine’s Day

Getting out of a marriage is expensive, especially during coronavirus times.
In honor of Valentine's Day, a Tampa radio station wants to help one local couple afford a divorce.
In honor of Valentine's Day, a Tampa radio station wants to help one local couple afford a divorce. [ Courtesy of 98.7 The Shark ]
Published Feb. 12
Updated Feb. 12

A year of pandemic living has been hard on some couples. For those ready to call it quits, a local radio station wants to help.

Classic rock station 98.7 The Shark is teaming up with the Palm Harbor law office of K. Dean Kantaras, P.A, to help fund one Tampa Bay couple’s divorce.

“With the current state of affairs, giving away flowers for Valentine’s Day just didn’t feel right,” said WPBB Program Director Ted Kamikaze in a media release. “We wanted to provide an outlet for our listeners, and all of Tampa Bay, to express how they really feel.”

The radio station started collecting submissions for its Win A Divorce contest Feb. 8. Divorce-seekers have until March 5 to get their entries in. Anyone who writes an essay longer than 50 words will be entered into a drawing and randomly selected. And of course, the (mostly-redacted) stories will be read on-air.

“My favorite one so far was someone who just wrote in, ‘I am tired,’” said Chris Chmielewski, promotions director at Q105 & 98.7 The Shark.

The prize covers up to $8,000 in attorney fees, said K. Dean Kantaras, managing partner and owner of the firm. Clients will have to cover smaller expenses, like filing fees or costs related to serving a subpoena.

A recent study actually showed that divorce rates have dropped since the pandemic started, Kantaras said. The process is too expensive for many folks facing financial hardships but stuck in a bad situation.

“I’ve done a lot more in pro bono work in some if this helps someone who is contemplating a divorce and they’re stressed and they can get an $8,000 break, I think in the time of COVID that might help,” he said.