How Much Does a Divorce Cost?
I receive questions all the time about how much a divorce will cost? This is a very difficult question to answer as every divorce is different based on the facts and the circumstances that surround that particular matter. For this reason, it’s very difficult to provide a definitive answer as to the cost of a divorce.
Because divorces are so unique and multifaceted, there are various factors that can increase or decrease the cost of a divorce. Below are a few of those factors that can help you to determine what your divorce might cost.
- How long will your divorce last?
Depending on the length of your divorce, you can get an idea of how much a divorce may cost. Obviously, the longer that the divorce goes on, of course, the longer the more that you’re going to pay. Longer divorce processes require more court appearances, more motions to be written, and more discovery to be impounded. Take a look at one of the quickest way to get a divorce in our blog, “How Can I Get a Quick Divorce in Las Vegas?”
- Is your divorce amicable or it will be a contested divorce?
In other words, are you and your spouse fighting over various issues, or are you in agreement on all terms of the divorce? Because of the need for mediations and the back and forth of coming to an agreement, a contested divorce will take longer to be completed, thus increasing the cost of the divorce. I always encourage that both parties sit down with each other and try to come to some quick resolution and agreements to avoid having to pay attorney fees unnecessarily.
- Will your case go to trial?
If you do not come to an ultimate agreement, you must go to trial. Going to trial can ensure a very costly divorce, as trial is very expensive. It requires a lot of attorney involvement. Avoiding trial, and trying to come to agreement will greatly help to reduce the cost of your divorce.
- Your legal representation
The attorney that you pick will determine what kind of cost your divorce will incur. For example, there are attorneys who, when they begin preparing a case, they will immediately begin to prepare a case for trial without trying to come to any sort of agreements between the parties. My position is that, I always try to get the parties to sit down together and try to come to some sort of amicable resolution. I am a very big proponent of coming to agreements as opposed to going into trial for many reasons, but one of which is that the cost of the divorce can go pretty high if we are having to argue and go to court and amend and go to trial. Considering filing for divorce yourself? Read more on this topic in our blog, “Do I Need An Attorney To Get a Divorce?”
Personally, I always make sure that my clients at least try to find a way where they can come to an amicable resolution as quickly as possible. This is the best way to ensure that both parties are as happy as they can be, and can avoid having a long, drawn-out and costly divorce.
Again, as I said, it’s extremely difficult to provide a definitive answer as to the exact dollar amount of how much a divorce will cost, as there are many factors that go into that answer. If you’re ready to move forward with a divorce, and curious how these factors apply to your specific situation, please do not hesitate to contact our office to schedule a consultation. Our team would be happy to discuss the circumstances of your divorce, and help to provide you with a better understanding of the cost. To get in touch with us, please contact our office at (702) 998-1188, firstname.lastname@example.org, or schedule a consultation online.