Is divorce expensive? 63 Answers as of July 08, 2013

I want to be legally separated from my husband. Will this be a costly decision?

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John Russo | John Russo
Contrary to popular belief, you control the cost, the more you can't agree the longer it goes on, and again contrary to popular belief it's not the lawyer's who keep it going on and on.
Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
Replied: 8/13/2012
Michael Rose Attorney at Law
Michael Rose Attorney at Law | Michael Rose
Legally separated and divorce are two difference issues. Cost depends on the issues in the divorce. Some couples have a house, a business, stock options, pensions, or IRA accounts. Custody can be an issue. More issues to work on the more the divorce will cost. Most attorneys charge by the hour.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/30/2012
Evan Guthrie Law Firm
Evan Guthrie Law Firm | Evan Guthrie
This can depend on the situation and complexity with custody or alimony, and sometimes the other spouse may have to pay attorney fees in a divorce.
Answer Applies to: South Carolina
Replied: 7/30/2012
Salladay Law Office | Lance Salladay
Separation is different from divorce, and it does not end the responsibility for debts and liabilities. Unless you are divorced, you are still married even if you are separated. The cost is very much dependant on the parties and how willing they are to cooperate with each other in the resolution of their problems. If one side or the other wants to fight and argue over every issue the cost of the process increases significantly. If the parties can come to agreement on the issues of property and debt division and child custody and visitation without a lot of dispute then the matter can be accomplished relatively quickly and less expensively. Nonetheless, you could expect the cost to run around $2500 for even a relatively simple divorce.
Answer Applies to: Idaho
Replied: 7/27/2012
Law Office of Charles M. Vacca Jr. | Charles Martin Vacca Jr.
This depends on what attorney you choose to represent you; and the duration and complexity of one's divorce matter.
Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
Replied: 7/27/2012
    NOLAN LAW LLC | Joshua J. Nolan
    The cost to obtain a divorce varies widely. For parties that are able to agree upon the terms of their separation, the cost can be kept fairly minimal. However, often times, the parties are unable to agree upon certain items. such as child custody, child support, spousal support, the value of a family owned business or family home, etc. Under that scenario, the cost to obtain a divorce can run into the thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars. One cost that people often fail to consider when filing for divorce is the increased expense of running two separate households. If the parties were having difficulty making ends meet before the divorce, the increased expense involved in running two separate houses will only exacerbate that problem.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 7/26/2012
    Barbara Fontaine, Esquire | Barbara Fontaine
    This question cannot be answered without more information. However, you can find out from different attorneys what they charge. The most expensive is not necessarily any better than a moderately priced attorney. It will most likely cost more if you have more property or if you are fighting about custody. You may be able to have the court order your husband to pay your legal fees.
    Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
    Replied: 7/26/2012
    THE LOCKHART LAW FIRM | CLAYTON LOCKHART
    As with any legal issue, the expense involved will be determined by the attorney you choose, and the stubbornness of the other party involved. There is just really no other way to answer this question than what I have said here. You will need to contact several attorneys and inquire and then make your decision on how to proceed.
    Answer Applies to: Mississippi
    Replied: 7/26/2012
    Law Office of Robert D. Rosanelli
    Law Office of Robert D. Rosanelli | Robert D. Rosanelli
    That is impossible to answer. What is "expensive" to you? Also, you may represent yourself and incur no attorney fees.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 7/26/2012
    Burnett Evans Banks
    Burnett Evans Banks | Paul Evans
    A legal separation is usually as costly as a divorce, because it is virtually the same process. The parties' income and expenses must be disclosed, along with all the marital and non-marital assets and debts, so that the court can make a division of property, allocate the debts between the parties, and address issues of family support. The only difference is the Judgment will not "dissolve" the marriage of the parties, but that can be done later by going back to court on just that issue.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 7/26/2012
    Austin Hirschhorn, P.C.
    Austin Hirschhorn, P.C. | Austin Hirschhorn
    The expense of a divorce case to a participant is usually determined by the amount of time a lawyer spends in resolving the issues involved in the case. If you and your spouse can agree on things like division of property, custody of children, parenting time, child support and spousal support, it any, the cost would be much less than if those issues are contested. Most experienced family law attorneys charge $250 to $500 an hour for their time. If there is a substantial marital estate or substantial assets to be divided you will probably need a more experienced attorney to represent you. Michigan does not have a statutory provision for a "legal separation". The remedies available for dissolving a marriage are annulment, divorce, collaborative divorce, and separate maintenance all of which have different rules and procedures.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/26/2012
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    A divorce or legal separation can be expensive if the parties are unable to agree on terms of divorce or legal separation. In such a situation the case may proceed through the court process to a trial. Most cases, however, tend to be resolved before a trial by agreement.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 7/26/2012
    The Law Offices of Robert W. Bellamy
    The Law Offices of Robert W. Bellamy | Robert W. Bellamy
    Depends on what you define as expensive. Call different lawyers and get estimates. It depends on whether the parties agree and whether there are children and what county you wish to file in.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 7/25/2012
    Law Office of George M. Derieg
    Law Office of George M. Derieg | George Derieg
    Legally separated is different from divorce. And the lawyer answer to this general question is "it depends". Do you own a lot of property? Have a lot of debt? Have children and make substantially more money than your spouse? Are you fighting for full custody of your children? All these factor in to the cost of a divorce. Contact a local family law attorney to see what the going rate is for what you expect out of either your divorce or separation, but keep in mind there is a stark difference between the two.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/25/2012
    Christensen Corbett & Pankratz
    Christensen Corbett & Pankratz | Craig L. Pankratz
    It depends on how contentious your divorce will be. If it is extremely contentious, it can be extremely expensive. If it is not contentious, it will not cost much at all.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 7/25/2012
    Peyton and Associates | Barbara Peyton
    You can file for a legal separation from your husband with the help of the family law facilitator at the family law court. The filing fee payable to the Court Clerk in all California counties is right around $400.00.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/25/2012
    The Law Offices of Dave Hawkins
    The Law Offices of Dave Hawkins | Dave Hawkins
    Much too broad of a question. Divorce can include child custody issues, child support issues, domestic violence issues, property distribution issues, debt allocation issues do you get my meaning? Each case is different and there is no way to answer your question without more facts a lot more.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/25/2012
    Nwokoye Law Firm
    Nwokoye Law Firm | Violet Nwokoye
    Cost for divorce vary from case to case, the facts will determine the cost. Other factors include; if you choose to use an attorney or not, if it will be an agreed divorce or a contested one are a few considerations.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 7/25/2012
    Law Office of James Bordonaro
    Law Office of James Bordonaro | James Albert Bordonaro
    The cost of attorneys varies a great deal around the state so it's hard to say what the final costs will be. Alternatively, you can use the Court's own forms yourself and the cost will be less than $200.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 7/24/2012
    Law Office of Rhonda Ellifritz | Rhonda Ellifritz
    I usually tell clients to expect to spend a minimum of $5k. If they have gone to a document preparation or paralegal first, it usually costs more to clean up the mess. Although I don't advise doing so, there is information regarding trying to do it yourself on my website.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/25/2012
    Darrell B. Reynolds, P.C. | Darrell B. Reynolds
    A separation should part of the divorce process if you want a divorce. The cost should depend on what has to be done by the attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 7/25/2012
    Law Offices of Tobie B. Waxman
    Law Offices of Tobie B. Waxman | Tobie B. Waxman
    My website has a little "blurb" regarding the cost of filing for divorce or legal separation. It's on the FAQ page at www.waxmanlawgroup.com . In the end, however, it's really very difficult and not a wise idea for someone to predict for you how much it will cost to get a divorce. There is no way of predicting how your spouse will respond to the Petition, whether he/she will hire a lawyer, whether there will be a lot of fighting, etc. Plus, you have not mentioned in your question whether there are children and therefore custody and support issues involved, whether there is property to be divided or retirement accounts, etc. All of these issues effect the cost and the time it will take to get a divorce.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/25/2012
    Law Office of Christine A. Gara | Christine A. Gara
    Asking how much a divorce or legal separation will cost is like asking how much a funeral will cost. Emotions tend to control the cost in both cases. When both parties work amicably together to arrive at an agreement the cost is less. If one or both spouses are unreasonable, there is no limit to the amount of time and money which can be spent on a legal separation or divorce. The circuit court filing fee is $150 for a divorce or legal separation. You can live separately while married for any amount of time, but if you continue to be married you will be liable to share the debts and assets acquired during the term of the marriage.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/25/2012
    Glenn E. Tanner
    Glenn E. Tanner | Glenn E. Tanner
    You can do it yourself if you have the time and smarts.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/25/2012
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
    Without knowing what you mean by "expensive" and all the facts surrounding what needs to be decided in your case, it is not possible to answer your question. The total cost will depend on what needs to be done and how much fighting you want to do instead of negotiating a fair and reasonable settlement.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 7/25/2012
    SHC Law | Shumsha Hanif-Cruz
    It can be. It depends on how cooperative the parties are in working to resolve the issues in their case and a division of their assets and debts. If parties cooperate and avoid filing motions and court hearings, the process can be relatively inexpensive. To file a Petition for Dissolution is now $435 (initial filing fee) and a response costs the same, plus the cost to hire an attorney, if you choose to seek assistance of legal counsel. If you choose to represent yourself, your initial cost will be the filing fee and service of process fee only.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/25/2012
    Barr, Jones & Associates LLP
    Barr, Jones & Associates LLP | Andrew D. Jones
    Our fees are affordable and start from $495 legal fee, if the case is contested then fees would be higher.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 7/25/2012
    Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
    Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
    Texas does not recognize legal separation, you are either married or divorced. As for cost: There is no simple answer to your question because there are so many variables at least as to cost. That said, I can start with a few basics. If you and your spouse agree to all the details - in other words, you both agree the divorce will occur and you have agreed to who gets what property and who pays what bills, who is keeping the house/apartment, etc. Then you have what we call an uncontested divorce. The cost of an uncontested divorce varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction based on court cost - cost are generally in the $300 range, but some counties may charge more or less. Then there is a question of whether or not your spouse will sign a waiver or enter an appearance without service - service is having the Constable deliver the divorce papers - that can cost up to $150 depending on the jurisdiction again. If there are kids, you have to take a class for divorcing parents - that cost $25 per person here in Plano. Certified copies of the decree at the end (if you want them) cost as well (again, it is jurisdiction dependent) and can run between $5/per copy and $1.50/page (decrees can be 10 - 14 pages without kids and typically up to 45 pages with kids). The short version of this is that the court cost alone can range from $300 on the low end up to $500 and this is for a simple case that is agreed - if it is contested (you two decide to fight) the cost can easily top this price with court mandated mediation, social studies, etc. Attorney's fees also vary widely. For example my firm charges a flat fee for uncontested divorces/custody issues. Some firms charge hourly even for uncontested/agreed matters. The time put into the case varies according to the facts, and to be blunt, your desires and goals. To give you an idea - if you and your spouse have no kids and agree to everything (in my definition that means you both come to my office with the fee and 3-4 hours of time to work on the matter - you leave when the papers are signed by everyone except the judge and the only thing left to do is pay the court fees, set the final hearing, prove it up, get copies certified, and file the "Austin Form"). My charge for these services would be $1,250 which is a turn key price in Collin or Dallas county - it covers the filing fee, drafting petition and an Answer (appearance for your spouse), drafting an Agreement incident to divorce which is filed with the court in case either of you change your minds later, completing the Final Decree of Divorce and securing three (3) certified copies - one for each of you and one held in my files - and it covers the cost of coordinating and appearing for the final hearing to prove up the divorce and the Austin Form. If there is a house that is not going to be sold and proceeds split - you will need a Special Warranty deed $35 and a Deed of Trust to Secure Assumption $35 If you need Powers of Attorney for Car titles those are $20 each If you need to divide a retirement plan - that requires a Qualified Domestic Relationship Order (I and most attorneys send those out) and the cost is $350 for each account. If there are children and you need custody orders, add $400 for the attorney time to address those issues (which includes Wage withholding orders and medical support orders, setting up the child support account, etc.) Again, this is all assuming current cost and fees as charged by my firm and that you and your spouse agree to everything or at least work it out in my office. If you are fighting over things, you can assume the attorney fee will be at least triple per side (ie: $35000 each) and depending on what the fight is over, the sky and your desire to fight is the limit. The cost is based on hourly fee multiplied by time invested into your case. While I am certain this did not answer all your questions and may have brought up even more, it does provide you some sort of framework on the cost. As for time that too is up to you. Uncontested, the minimum time is 60 days, beyond that, it is up to you, what you are fighting over, and the court's schedule.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 7/25/2012
    Steven Alpers | Steven Alpers
    It is expensive if you and your husband make it expensive. The more agreeable the two of you are the less attorneys fees, court costs and expenses will be incurred.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/25/2012
    Diefer Law Group, P.C.
    Diefer Law Group, P.C. | Abel Fernandez
    If you have an agreement with the other side, it does not have to be expensive but if you do not have an agreement then you can be involved in extensive litigation.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/25/2012
    Lombardi Law LLC
    Lombardi Law LLC | SUZANNE LOMBARDI
    In Alaska legal separations are rare. Depending on your specific case the cost will vary significantly if there is a custody issue or property issues. The first issue would be why you would want a legal separation rather than a divorce. An attorney can help you decide which is the best course, financially, to take.
    Answer Applies to: Alaska
    Replied: 7/25/2012
    Law Offices of Frances Headley | Frances Headley
    Divorce[dissolution] and legal separation are two separate actions and while there are things in common they have different ending points. The costs depend entirely on how much the two of you can agree on the big issues of support, child visitation and property division. You should consult a family law attorney to discuss what procedure fits your situation and what are likely to be the issues. This will assist you in determining the possible costs.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/25/2012
    Law Office of L. Paul Zahn
    Law Office of L. Paul Zahn | Paul Zahn
    That isn't a question which can be answered in the abstract. Each case is different. If both sides are cooperative, then costs can be minimized, but if one or both parties want to drag out the process or seek rulings from the court, then costs can increase.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/25/2012
    Attorney At Law | Harry D. Roth
    Of course it will be costly. Staying together might be worse. Only you can make that decision and, as the songwriter wrote, every form of refuge has its price.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/25/2012
    Law Office of Joan M. Canavan | Joan Canavan
    This is a difficult question to respond to withou having more information from you. Needless to say, the cost depends on the complexity of the divorce/separation as to what you have for marital assets and liabilities and whether or not you have children. Most importantly it depends on how adversial or controversial the process will be with your Husband.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 7/24/2012
    Posternak Blankstein & Lund, LLP | Michael Eliot Rubin
    Legal fees are a function of time spent on your case. Depending on how much both of you agree or disagree about will be determinate the cost.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 7/24/2012
    Law Office of Bernal Peter Ojeda | Bernal Peter Ojeda
    All depends on assets/debts and support issues.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/24/2012
    Law Office of Gregory Crain | Gregory Crain
    Yes.
    Answer Applies to: Arkansas
    Replied: 5/29/2013
    Law Offices of Pamela R. Lawson | Pamela R. Lawson, Esq.
    The answer to your question depends upon how much your and your husband agree upon. If there are no disagreements as to division of property, division of debt, child custody, visitation and support, if applicable, then it would be relatively inexpensive, fees could be as low as $800 plus costs (filing fees, copying, etc). If the issues are contested then, depending upon what is needed, it can get expensive. Usually fees are determined by how many hours the attorney spends on the case.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 7/24/2012
    Mike Yeksavich | Mike Yeksavich
    It usually is a function of what is in dispute and how complicated the facts are. What is expensive depends on the view point of different people.
    Answer Applies to: Oklahoma
    Replied: 7/24/2012
    Law Offices of Rachel Koch | Rachel Maxine Koch
    Divorce expenses range widely. If you and your husband agree that a divorce is best for you and agree on all the terms (child custody and support and division of property), it is much less expensive than if it is contested. The court itself charges filing fees for both sides (you can look up these fees on the court's website), and you can have an attorney do an agreed divorce for a relatively low rate. Again, this is relative to fees incurred if each side has an attorney, and there is a lot of disagreement.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 7/24/2012
    Kevin Bessant
    Kevin Bessant | Kevin Bessant
    Typically the cost of a divorce will depend on certain factors: 1) Will you retain an attorney 2) Can you afford the filing fees 3) If there are any money judgements that may be settled against you in the divorce, can you afford them 4) Will this be a relatively simple divorce filing or a complex and timely divorce. If you are considering hiring an attorney, the major factor that comes into play is factor #4. Complex and Timely divorces are usually more expensive than the relatively simple divorces where there are very little assets, monies, and properties to distribute amongst the parties. I highly recommend you consider an attorney for your divorce to ensure that your rights and interests are being protected during the divorce. Also, call around to a few different attorney's to see what their fees are for handling your divorce.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/24/2012
    Robert J. Merlin, P.A.
    Robert J. Merlin, P.A. | Robert J. Merlin
    There is no official "separation" process in Florida. You and your husband can negotiate a settlement agreement, without officially getting divorced, or you can go through the formal divorce process. The cost depends upon the issues in your case. It is impossible for me to give you an estimate without having the details of your situation.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 7/24/2012
    Law Office of Jane E. Ginsburg
    Law Office of Jane E. Ginsburg | Jane Ginsburg
    It depends on many, many factors. No way to answer this in this type of forum.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/8/2013
    Leonard A. Kaanta, P.C. | Leonard A. Kaanta
    Michigan does have legal separation but if the other spouse asks for a divorce it will be granted. There is a $150 filing fee, and attorney fees.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/24/2012
    The Davies Law Firm, P.A.
    The Davies Law Firm, P.A. | Robert F. Davies, Esq.
    How much it costs my clients to get a divorce depends on what I have to do for them, and how much time it takes me. To stop being married to this man, you MUST get a divorce. You will then be single and no longer attached to him. Until then, you are tied to him by marriage. There are so many things that occur when you get married. Did you know that you might get sued for bills he runs up, even if you do not sign anything or agree to it? And if he owes taxes...it is possible for the IRS to come after YOU! I do not charge any money to meet with most people and go over their situation with them. That way they do not spend money to talk to me, and I am free to take the case or not. Legal problems can not be solve in an email like this.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 7/24/2012
    The Law Office of Eric J Smith
    The Law Office of Eric J Smith | Eric Smith
    There is no such thing as legal separation in Texas. There is married and divorced. The party who files for divorce must pay a filing fee with the county clerk, around $300 depending on if children are involved. An uncontested divorce involves making sure the other party is served or waives service, and then drafting and proving up the final decree of divorce before a judge. Many attorneys, including myself, offer flat fees for uncontested divorces without children, charging $1000 or less. The complications and expense crop up when there are custody and support issues to work out or contest regarding children of the marriage, or disputes over how property should be split. Contested divorces can easily cost each party $5000 or more.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 7/24/2012
    Pietryga Law Office | Russ Pietryga
    It can be. Usually, divorce lawyers charge by the hour. However, they usually require a retainer. Retainers vary greatly from attorney to attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 7/24/2012
    Gregory C. Graf
    Gregory C. Graf | Gregory C. Graf
    In Colorado, the process of going through a divorce (decree of dissolution) vs legal separation (decree of legal separation) is identical. You have to do the same financial disclosures, same determination regarding parenting issues and the same number of court appearances. The primary reason that most people decide to obtain a decree of legal separation is the possibility of reconciliation of the marriage or the desire of one party to remain on the other party's employer provided health insurance rather than pay for COBRA coverage. Simply put, the costs of either a divorce or legal separation are the same. Once a decree of legal separation is entered, either party can independently request the legal separation be converted into a divorce after a six month waiting period. The Court will automatically convert the legal separation into a divorce and there is no right to a hearing or right to object.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 7/24/2012
    Victor Varga | Victor Varga
    Divorce matters are usually handled on an hourly basis, so it really depends on whether the case will be contested, and if so, how contested. The longer you spend fighting over issues, the more money it will cost. If your husband consents to everything, it would not be too costly. Please note that there is a difference between a divorce and a legal separation.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 7/24/2012
    Durkin & Graham, P.C.
    Durkin & Graham, P.C. | Joan Durkin
    It does cost money to split up the assets and most people do see a short term drop in standard of living after divorce but the long term gain of getting out of a bad relationship more than makes up for it in most cases. Depending on the complexities of your case and the amount of children involved it could be as little as $1750, with our firm to get divorced.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 7/24/2012
    Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A.
    Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A. | Joanna Mitchell
    The actual cost of a divorce depends on how many disputed issues there are and whether an agreement can ultimately be reached or if the matter must be decided by a judge at Trial. You should consult with an attorney in order to best determine what issues there might be, as well as your potential rights and options.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 7/24/2012
    Law Offices of Brian J. Lockwood
    Law Offices of Brian J. Lockwood | Brian J. Lockwoood
    The expense involved in the separation or dissolution of marriage depends upon the facts. It can be extremely expensive or very inexpensive.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 7/24/2012
    The Law Office of Nathaniel M. Smith, LLC
    The Law Office of Nathaniel M. Smith, LLC | Nathaniel M. Smith
    That depends on a lot of factors: are there children? Does he agree with the terms of your leaving, such as custody, dividing up property, paying support? You should speak with a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 7/24/2012
    Goddard Wetherall Wonder, PSC
    Goddard Wetherall Wonder, PSC | Brook Goddard
    The cost of a legal separation (or divorce, which requires much the same procedures) varies from family to family depending upon whether there are children (thus requiring parenting plan and child support proceedings) and in particular how amicable the parties work together. The division of assets, spousal maintenance, and support of children has major financial ramifications, and thus you want to make sure you adequately protect your rights.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/24/2012
    Wolfstone, Panchot & Bloch, P.S., Inc.
    Wolfstone, Panchot & Bloch, P.S., Inc. | Mark Brown
    The cost depends entirely on whether and to what extent you and your husband are able to make effective agreements regarding the issues that must be resolved (e.g., finances, property, debts, children). A high degree of conflict results in high costs to each party.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/24/2012
    Pingelton Law Firm | Dan Pingelton
    It depends on several factors, including the length of the marriage, the amount of the marital estate, and whether there are children involved. It also reminds of an old joke: Why are divorces so expensive? Because they are worth it.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 7/24/2012
    Alvin Lundgren | Alvin Lundgren
    It depends on whether your husband cooperates or fights.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 7/24/2012
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A | R. Jason de Groot
    Yes, divorce is expensive. The usual retainer in a contested divorce is $3500 in my area, sometimes more, sometimes less. It is frequently a better decision to resolve all of the issues before filing a divorce. The issues depend upon the circumstances of the parties. Children, property, and debts are the main ones when there are minor children. Even in contested divorces the parties are mandated to go to mediation to try to resolve all of the issues prior to trial. Most cases are settled and do not go to trial. Set up a free conference with an attorney in your area to learn what the issues will be in your case.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 7/24/2012
    DEAN T. JENNINGS, P.C.
    DEAN T. JENNINGS, P.C. | Dean T Jennings
    No, starts at about $ 1,500.00 with not children involved and if your husband consent it can be done quickly and inexpensively.
    Answer Applies to: Iowa
    Replied: 7/24/2012
    Clos, Russell & Wirth, P.C. | Gary A. Russell
    The expense of a divorce and/or legal separation, like any other litigation, depends upon how complicated the matter is and whether or not the two sides can easily work out the terms: custody, support, property division, debt division, etc. If the parties are fighting over every issue, then yes it will be expensive. If the parties can reach an agreement easily, or already have done so, then it can be much less expensive. If one party is the sole financial provider, then the other party can request attorney fees to cover the cost for filing.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/24/2012
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