How much does a divorce cost?

How much does a divorce cost?

When you decide to get divorced, one of your questions is likely to be, “How much does a divorce cost?”

The answer to that question relies on several variables relating to your assets, if your partner agrees to the divorce, and if you hire the right divorce attorney.gold wedding bands sit on top of divorce papers

Keep in mind that you won’t just be paying attorney fees. You’ll also potentially be paying for administrative costs at the courthouse, education classes for divorce and co-parenting, mediation, psychiatric evaluations, and refinancing. These costs can quickly make a divorce much more expensive.

Don’t be blindsided by the cost of a divorce. The Johnson Firm will help you determine how much your divorce could cost and help keep fees low by providing the most efficient legal service possible. Our expert divorce attorneys can cut trial times in half versus attempting to represent yourself.

Average Cost of a Divorce

According to Business Insider, the average cost of getting divorced in the United States is $15,000.

That is an estimate since every divorce operates on a case-by-case basis. The figure, arrived at by a study conducted by Bankrate, includes court filing fees and administrative costs, as well as legal fees.

The same study found the following average costs for a divorce:

  • $150-250 for filing for divorce in court costs in Louisiana
  • $2,500 to several thousand for attorney fees, depending on the length of the proceedings
  • $200/hour in mediation fees
  • $85-$350 in education classes
  • $50-$240/hour for therapy sessions or counseling
  • $300-$1200 to refinance your mortgage
  • Over $200,000 to sell your home

It is important to keep these fees in mind when considering a divorce. To maintain your financial future, work with a skilled divorce attorney who can work to mediate the situation quickly.

Factors that Affect the Cost of a Divorce

In general, the three things that impact a divorce’s cost most are the length of the process, who you hire to represent you, and how much your spouse contests aspects of the divorce agreement.

Other factors include:

  • Cost of your attorney, especially if they will be working more hours
  • Whether your spouse agrees to the divorce or contests it
  • If you have children
  • The amount of property and debt to divide between the partners
  • If spousal support is required for one party
  • If the divorce can be settled in mediation or if it requires a trial
  • How long the divorce process lasts
  • The number of issues to be resolved

How much does a divorce attorney cost?

Determining how much to spend on a divorce attorney can be a challenge. Unlike personal injury lawyers, you are required to pay an hourly rate. With a variety of lawyers with different specialties, it may seem like the best idea to go for the cheapest rate, regardless of their qualifications.

This will end up costing you more.

A highly skilled divorce attorney is an expert in divorce litigation. Their efficiency and special knowledge mean that they can get you more, faster. Spending money on an expert attorney now could save you hundreds of thousands in the future. They can help prevent unnecessary spousal support payments, petition for custody of children, and ensure the property is divided fairly so you aren’t left with nothing.

Average attorney fees can range anywhere from $2,500 to $50,000 for a divorce. It seems shockingly high, but considering that some divorces can take years to litigate, the high fee is warranted by the number of hours they spend working on your case.

Ways to Avoid an Expensive Divorce

Divorce is always going to cost you financially. However, some methods can greatly reduce the cost of a divorce.

  • Compromise. It may seem easier to battle your ex, but it’s not worth the costly fight. If you spend three hours arguing over a blender in litigation, that blender now costs you $900 each. Concede where you can and make allowances to show that you are willing to work together for a solution.
  • If you do not require full representation, ask your divorce lawyer about their consultation services. These are often offered at a cheaper rate for a bundle of hours.
  • Settle what you can on your own. Only bring in lawyers for the things you really can’t agree on.
  • Uncontested divorces are significantly cheaper than contested divorces. Try to go through the process amicably to save on unnecessary fees to mitigate your fighting.

These solutions may seem difficult to achieve since they require teamwork and understanding. If your marriage has broken down, it’s unlikely that compromise and communication will come easily to either party.

Sometimes it is unavoidable to pay higher fees to get third-party help to handle this emotional process. However, there’s no shame in needing someone who isn’t emotionally invested to step in and ease your burden.

In fact, working with lawyers can facilitate communication, as it takes the tension out of the situation and allows you to listen to what the other person wants.

Contact a Divorce Attorney Today

If you are preparing to file for divorce, contact The Johnson Firm today. Schedule a no-obligation consultation to find out how much your divorce will really cost. Our passionate family law attorneys in Louisiana are here to advocate for your rights every step of the process.

Call (337) 433-1414 to book today.

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