What is the least expensive way to get divorced? 23 Answers as of June 27, 2011

I would like to be divorced asap, but I am having financial difficulties. Any suggestions on what to do or where to go?

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Law Office of Karen A. Clark, L.L.C.
Law Office of Karen A. Clark, L.L.C. | Karen A. Clark
If your spouse is in agreement and your situation is not complicated, it is possible to complete a dissolution with the assistance of the family law facilitator in your county's superior court. It would be a good idea to speak to them.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 6/27/2011
Michael Anthony Wing, P.C.
Michael Anthony Wing, P.C. | Michael Anthony Wing
We charge $500 for a divorce by agreement, and there are filing fees and commissioner's fees totaling $183. You can shop around. Call us if you like. Stay well.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 6/24/2011
Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser
Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser | Donald F. Conviser
Go to your local Superior Court's self-help clinic for free divorce assistance.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/21/2011
Beresford Booth PLLC
Beresford Booth PLLC | S. Scott Burkhalter
The forms needed for divorce can be located on the Washington Courts website.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 6/20/2011
The Reed Law Firm, P.L.L.C.
The Reed Law Firm, P.L.L.C. | Vanessa Reed
An uncontested, no-fault divorce is the cheapest way to get divorce, if you are able to reach a property settlement agreement with your spouse. Please see my website for additional information.
Answer Applies to: Virginia
Replied: 6/16/2011
    Glenn E. Tanner
    Glenn E. Tanner | Glenn E. Tanner
    Most people do their own divorces.Search Washington Court Forms and when you get to the State of Washington site you'll find lots of information and guidance. Most courthouses havecourt house facilitators too that offer guidance but not legal advise. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/15/2011
    Goolsby Law Office
    Goolsby Law Office | Richard Goolsby
    I would recommend that you call and consult with various divorce lawyers in your community, especially those which offer free consultations. Also, talk with family and friends concerning attorneys they recommend. Good luck!
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 6/15/2011
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
    In Colorado you can try to do things yourself. Whether that is a good idea or not depends on what the situation is and how willing you and your spouse are to work together to reach a fair agreement. Most divorce lawyers offer a free or low cost initial consultation where you could learn a bit more about the process and possible ways to minimize the expense.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 6/14/2011
    Cody and Gonillo, LLP
    Cody and Gonillo, LLP | Christine Gonilla
    Check at your local courthouse.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 6/14/2011
    Diefer Law Group, P.C.
    Diefer Law Group, P.C. | Abel Fernandez
    If you do it yourself, that is the cheapest way. If not, firms such as ours will offer you flat rates for uncontested cases. For example, we offer a flat fee for an uncontested case. The fee is usually between $2,000 - $2,500.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/14/2011
    Seattle Divorce Services
    Seattle Divorce Services | Michael V. Fancher
    You can file your own divorce. Even the filing fee can be waived if the court approves a motion to waive the fees. If you find that you need some help with the paperwork, check with your county bar association to see if they have any local legal clinics that could help, or consider hiring an attorney just to prepare the papers for you.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/14/2011
    Law Office of Michael W. Bugni
    Law Office of Michael W. Bugni | Jay W. Neff
    The cost of a divorce is likely to vary quite a lot depending on the facts and circumstances of your particular case and upon how much you and your spouse want to fight about it. That being said, the most likely steps to keep your cost down are:
    1. Have an agreement between you and your spouse on every issue ahead of time. 2. Draft all of the papers to reflect that agreement.
    3. File the divorce yourself with your spouse as a joint divorce.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/14/2011
    Law Office of Robert L. Fiedler
    Law Office of Robert L. Fiedler | Robert L Fiedler
    The least expensive way is if the two of you have agreement on all issues. Then you only have the entry fee and marshal fee.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 6/14/2011
    Vincent J. Bernabei LLC
    Vincent J. Bernabei LLC | Vincent J. Bernabei
    Depending on your financial circumstances, you may be eligible for a filing fee deferral or waiver. You should check with your local county clerk to determine if you are eligible.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 6/14/2011
    Law Office of Michael E. Hendrickson
    Law Office of Michael E. Hendrickson | Michael E. Hendrickson
    You can file your own papers representing yourself (pro se). Some circuit court clerk's offices have a packet of forms with instructions as to how to do it without a lawyer. You also may be able to download it from a court's website.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 6/14/2011
    Arnold & Wadsworth
    Arnold & Wadsworth | Brian Arnold
    Check you court's website. It usually has some good forms on it to get you started.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 6/14/2011
    Michael Apicella
    Michael Apicella | Apicella Law and Mediation
    Go to your local county courthouse, or look at their website for free legal assistance. Most courts have a free legal self-help center. They can help you fill out the forms and get your case rolling. You can also do some web research for free or low cost legal assistance. Many counties have legal aid organizations that help low income people. Good luck!
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/14/2011
    Law Office of James Lentz
    Law Office of James Lentz | James Lentz
    Glad you asked. First, sit down with your wife and tell her you can give all your money to the lawyers for a war, or be smart. Arrange through your attorney for a domestic relations mediator to meet with you and your wife to work out the asset and debt division and parenting division of your children. Then get an uncontested divorce. It will cost you between 1/2 and 1/3 the regular method. *Of course, if you and your wife are not talking this won't work. *
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 6/14/2011
    Law Office of L. Paul Zahn
    Law Office of L. Paul Zahn | Paul Zahn
    Coming to a mutual agreement on settlement terms is generally the least expensive approach. If you are in my area and are looking for an attorney, please contact me for a free consultation.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/14/2011
    Law Office Of Jody A. Miller
    Law Office Of Jody A. Miller | Jody A. Miller
    The least expensive way to get a divorce is to settle all issues that need to be addressed with your spouse beforehand and file an uncontested divorce. If there are contested issues, You can do things such as ask an attorney's hourly rate and up front retainer; have several consultations and pick someone you click with and who's philosophy of litigation matches yours. But the position, attitude, and actions of the other party and/or their attorney can also have a significant impact on the cost. You can also try mediation prior to filing contested litigation. Contested litigation is expensive and there's not much you can do about that if you have tried to settle and have compromised as much as you can.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 6/14/2011
    Ashman Law Office
    Ashman Law Office | Glen Edward Ashman
    The most expensive way is to represent yourself. Typically fixing the mistakes will cost more than hiring a lawyer to begin with. If you can keep your case uncontested, that is what will hold the costs down.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 6/14/2011
    Kelly A. Broadbent, Esq.
    Kelly A. Broadbent, Esq. | Kelly Broadbent
    You may be able to represent yourself. Also in Massachusetts, limited representation is available where lawyers perform certain, limited functions at lower fees than full representation. Also courts have lawyer of the day programs where you can talk to a lawyer for any questions or help filling out forms.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 6/14/2011
    Wolverine Law | Stuart Collis
    Many states have fee waivers to file for divorce. Furthermore, if you can talk to your spouse and get an agreement with your spouse, that is the fastest and cheapest way, with or without an attorney, to get a divorce.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/14/2011
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