You may want to know how much a divorce typically costs. There is no one answer, it depends. The cost can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. Nationwide, the average cost for divorce is $15,000 to $30,000.
1. Nail down your goals.
Spend some time thinking about what issues need to be resolved in your case. Think about what is your worst case, best case, and happy medium for each issue. Here are possible issues in divorce:
Property and Debt Division
2. Gather your resources.
Resources are financial and emotional. Consider what it will cost to get what you want. Do a cost-benefit analysis for the best and worst case scenarios for each issue. One reason people spend so much money is that they use their divorce lawyer as a sounding board. While divorce attorneys do provide emotional support, you should not go to your attorney for advice and support on non-legal issues. You are better off financially and emotionally to use a counselor in that role.
3. Get it in ship shape.
Don’t dump documents on your attorney. When you deliver documents to your attorney make sure they are complete, organized and easy to access. It is expensive to pay an attorney to organize your documents.
4. Use restraint in your communications.
Don’t call or email your attorney every time your spouse or ex does something you don’t like. Write down your questions and thoughts, and send an email once a week to your attorney with everything that is important to you, or schedule a meeting to go over your issues.
5. Remember your goals.
Don’t get caught up in the drama. Keep your goals in mind and remember your happy medium. Rarely people get everything they want so keep up the mental cost-benefit analysis as you move forward.
An uncontested divorce means you and your spouse agree on all the issues in your divorce case. These issues are the grounds for divorce, division of marital property and debs, child custody, parenting time, child support and alimony or spousal support. You don’t have to agree on everything before hiring Klok Law. Even if you believe you have reached an agreement on all issues, Klok Law may raise some issues that you have not identified which may lead to changes. Both spouses may participate but Klok Law can only represent and provide legal advice to one of you. The other spouse does not necessarily have to retain an attorney but they certainly may. Klok Law offers flat fees for uncontested divorce matters. The amount of the flat fee depends on the complexity of your case.
How do you pay for your divorce? Often, one spouse has access or control of most of the assets making it difficult for the other spouse to access funds. Typically, people fund their divorce in one, or a combination of, these options:
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