How Much Does A Divorce Cost

Posted by Adrianna On July - 18 - 2017 0 Comment

Paying for a divorce can be difficult, so it’s worth your time to consider available options before starting the divorce process. Figure out how you can raise money for legal fees and whether you qualify for aid. You might be able to apply for a waiver of court fees. The cost of a divorce varies, depending on whether it is uncontested and if you’re filing yourself.

If you and your spouse decide to file for divorce without involving lawyers, it will cost much less. According to LegalZoom, filing yourself would cost about $500. When filing with legal representation, average costs range from $12,000 to $15,500, according to research by Nolo. If a mortgage is going to be part of the divorce process, it’s recommended that you speak with a professional who focuses in that area such as Divorce Mortgage Advisors.

Filing for a divorce online is an option that saves money, if you want to handle the divorce yourself.

What Are the Costs for a Divorce?

Depending on the reasons for your divorce, there are different costs associated with it. If you’re filing because your spouse is abusive or had an affair, you can ask him or her to pay the divorce fees. When both of you agree to the divorce, then the costs are usually split evenly. When you’re negotiating for a financial settlement, then the two parties pay for the divorce separately. If this is the case, the divorce will become more expensive.

Specific Expenses Associated with Divorce:

Court costs – The fees vary for filing your divorce depending on where you live. Check with your county’s clerk of court to find out the actual cost for filing.

Witness fees – If you’re using a witness or expert to give evidence against your spouse for the divorce, you pay the agreed upon fee.

Miscellaneous costs – You’re responsible for costs associated with any duplication of documents, postage, telephone calls and courier fees.

Attorney fees – Before beginning the divorce process, ask your lawyer about all costs for your case. Find out about any unexpected expenses that could arise during the divorce, so you’re prepared. Nationwide, the average hourly rate for lawyers handling divorce cases is $250 per hour but some paid as much as $650 per hour, according to Nolo.

If you can’t afford an attorney, it’s still a good idea to consult with one, so you don’t risk losing all your rights. Representing yourself during divorce is a growing trend because of the high cost of a divorce. If your divorce is straightforward, representing yourself won’t be a problem. In the end, you have to decide if the money you save by handling the divorce yourself outweighs any problem that might arise during the case.

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