Filing for divorce is a very common occurrence among todays married couples; as of now the statistics claim that half of the marriages will end in divorce. There can be a variety of reasons for which a couple will choose to end their marriage. For some it may be because they have attempted to fix their marriage for years and yet can’t make it work anymore, others realize that they fell out of love, perhaps on would rather spend time pursuing their career as opposed to being married and settled down, the list goes on.
There is no wrong or right reason for a divorce, but rather it is what married people chose to do in their own timing. Sadly, there are also some who chose the divorce route as a means of getting out of an unsafe situation in hopes of protecting themselves as well as the children. Whatever the situation is, divorces happen and when they do people hire attorneys to help walk them through the steps and make sure that their needs are represented when handling the specifics of the divorce.
The question many people have is how much will filing for a divorce cost? There is no set in stone answer, because every attorney is different, though there are means for which you can go about the divorce in a cheaper fashion. The cost of a divorce really depends on the amount of time your attorney is required to spend working on your case, the fewer hours, the lower the bill. For example, in the event that a husband is wanting a divorce, he will discuss the matters with the attorney and if they are able to come to a reasonable settlement with the wife early on then the cost will be much less than if the husband had to take his wife to court in order to get the house or take custody of the children.
One of the cheapest ways to go about a divorce is mediation, this allows an opportunity for the couple to sit down and come to a mutual agreement, usually avoiding court entirely. If mediation does not work, or your spouse does not want to, consider collaborative law which is a method of solving the legal issues in an efficient and timely manner. Another tip to keep the costs lower is to keep the arguments between you and your spouse at a minimum, the faster you come to an agreement the fast the process and the lower the bill.
In the event that you and your spouse do have to go to court, you will want a trusted lawyer who will do what they can to keep the process moving forward in a timely manner. Going the route of an uncontested divorce tends to be the most common among individuals who, though they may still have their arguing moments, want to go about their separation in the most efficient fashion. Another factor that plays into the costs of divorce is the amount of property and assets that you and your spouse have to divide, when there are multiple properties it can take longer to go through the process therefore increasing the prices.
The average costs for an attorney can range significantly due to the specific situation every couple is in. It is common for United States divorces to cost around $15,000; though that number is definitely not set in stone. A divorce can be cheaper or more expensive depending on the case. If you or your spouse is looking for a skilled lawyer to represent you in a divorce, contact the law office of Claery & Hammond, LLPtoday! We are a legal team located in Los Angeles and have had years of experience helping families work through divorces in a variety of situations, call us today for a free consultation!