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Divorce is a life-altering decision that people do not tend to reach lightly. Although there are plenty of questions surrounding this life-altering change, one prominent question is how much does it cost? Unfortunately, there is no way to say exactly how much a divorce will cost, as each persons' situation is complex. However, some key factors affect the cost to give you a better idea of what to expect.
1. Standard Filing Fees
One set of fees that will always be included within the cost of a divorce are legal filing fees. In every state, the court requires you to pay a fee to file a petition with the courts, and a divorce petition is no exemption.
The amount of these fees varies widely in different states, and in some instances, the cost of the filing fee can also vary between counties within a specific state. Your attorney will be able to tell you exactly how much the filing fee is in your area.
2. Ability to Compromise
A large factor that will impact the cost of a divorce is the ability for you and your ex to come to a compromise. Divorce is all about meeting the demands of each party. If you both agree, there is less time you have to spend in court, which means lower legal fees.
However, if the two of you cannot agree on any aspect of the settlement, the divorce will take longer, likely involve more court appearances, and cost more money overall. It is best to make sure that you and your ex are on the same page before you file.
3. Information Accessibility
The goal of the court is to ensure that a divorce is settled fairly. A judge can only ensure this goal is achieved if they have all the information, such as a complete financial and asset record. In fact, in many instances, a judge will not render a decision until they have all of this data.
If you do not present all your information to the court and yours and your ex's attorneys have to do additional research to collect information, the cost could increase. Make sure you present all your financial information to the attorney before you file to avoid a problem later.
If you believe that a divorce is in your best interest, it is always best to speak with an attorney who can review your situation and help you plan correctly. Reach out to a family law attorney in your area.