Divorce & The Payments Involved
Divorce is hard on everyone. The couple often has limited resources, and finances play a large role in the divorce rate today. If this is a situation you’re in, you might start to worry about what it’s going to cost to obtain a divorce.
Hiring a lawyer often ensures you are able to achieve the fairest outcome through your divorce. Though you know this is what you want to do, you are probably worried about the cost of hiring a lawyer. On average, individuals pay around $270 per hour for a divorce, though there are outliers on either end. A wife might pay $100 per hour for her lawyer, and her husband might pay $400 for his. It just depends on the lawyer, his or her experience, and what is most important to you when it comes time to select a divorce lawyer.
Taking an average of $270 into consideration, if a divorce lasts around 50 hours to settle, you can plan to pay your lawyer around $13,500. This will depend on several factors but is a good starting point for someone hoping to save up or secure financing in some way.
There are several individuals and professionals who will play a role in your divorce, and there are several processes that will play out. It will be your responsibility to pay for these professionals and processes. Some other costs you can expect to pay include real estate appraisers, child custody evaluators, tax advisors and other similar expenses. These costs could range anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000.
How To Keep the Costs Down
If you are looking for a way to keep costs down during a divorce, there are a few things you can do. For example:
- Adjust your budget – You might not be able to adjust any lawyer or legal fees, but you can adjust your grocery budget or avoid buying new clothes for the time being.
- Don’t contest the divorce – Uncontested divorce often costs thousands of dollars less than when one spouse contests the divorce.
- Try mediation – Mediation is a process in which you try to work out your differences so you can settle the divorce without legal intervention, and it often costs a significant amount less than the full legal process.
Contact an Attorney Today
Everyone is facing a different situation when going through a divorce. If you’re worried about the cost, it’s often most beneficial to turn to a professional directly. Contact a New Jersey divorce lawyer at Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich, O’Cathain & O’Cathain, LLC today to get answers to your questions.