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How Much Will My Divorce Cost?

Posted by admin on April 27th, 2006

Every divorce is as different as each person is and there are many factors that can drive up the cost of your divorce. Some divorces can be only the cost of the filing fees while others may cost thousands of dollars, most of this depends on how much you and your spouse are willing to negotiate and compromise.

In an uncontested divorce, you may be able to use a divorce kit and file your divorce with just the costs of the filing fees with the court clerk. If so, you and your spouse could share the filing fee and get out of your marriage for less than one hundred dollars. This is not the case in most divorces.

Many couples cannot agree on how the property should be divided, who should have custody of the children, how much child support should be, how much, if any, alimony should be given, and many other factors. When this occurs, attorneys are sought. Attorneys normally charge by the hour or even by every 15 minutes, they spend on your case. You will be charged for every piece of paper that is used, each paper clip, staple, court filing fees and anything else the attorney uses for your case.

There are state and local filing fees to consider along with any mediations and depositions that may need to taken to ensure that you receive what you are entitled to, all of these cost money. Before you go ahead with any plans for extra work to be done, you should talk with your attorney and ask how much he charges for each item and in cases of depositions how he charges.

There are some things that you can do on your own that can save you money on your divorce such as obtaining, completing, and filing court documents. Try your best to not argue with your spouse over mundane items and stick to the larger disagreements. If you spend 15 hours discussing who is going to get the punch bowl that was given at your wedding from Aunt Martha you could have purchased one just like it with what you will be paying your attorney.

Remember, every time you talk with your attorney on the phone, in person, or at lunch, he is probably on the clock and racking up time on your bill. Try to keep all conversations with them to the point and short.

As you can see, there is a lot to consider when you begin to think about how much a divorce will cost. The best way to keep the cost down in a divorce is to compromise and handle it quickly and efficiently.

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