The divorce process can be long and complicated, especially when children, assets, and other factors are involved. The cost of divorce can vary depending on your location and what you hope to obtain out of the marriage. Understanding what could impact or change the cost of divorce will help clients know how their finances could be affected and make plans to pay for legal costs.
1- Legal Representation
Hiring a lawyer to assist in the divorce proceedings is one thing that can change the cost of divorce. Depending on the lawyer you hire, your costs may vary. Well-established or high-profile lawyers may charge fees out of your price range.
It is a good practice to hire a lawyer to help you navigate all the complexities of divorce, but some lawyers focus on mediation and collaboration which are much more cost-effective options. Our lawyers at KNK have over 100 years of combined experience. With multiple options for lawyers, you can get the expertise you need, without the exorbitant price.
2- Complexity Of The Case
The longer a case goes on, the higher the cost. There are factors inside the case that can play a part in the overall cost of divorce including; child custody, spousal support, or property disputes. The more legal work that you have to do, or your lawyer has to do, will steadily increase the cost. If you have a straightforward case, the cost will be much lower.
3- Filing Fees And Court Costs
Administrative paperwork and court fees are required for any case that is brought before a judge. The client will have to pay for these fees which can add up quickly. The cost of these services can vary depending on your state, what court system you are going through, and how long the divorce case takes. It is best to budget for these expenses because they are often non-negotiable.
4- Asset And Debt Division
Dividing up assets or other finances can impact the cost of divorce. The more debt you have, the more complex your divorce will be. Dividing up assets like cars, houses, or other real estate can be a drawn-out process that your lawyers will have to wrestle with. Your businesses or investments are important, so it is no coincidence that they are handled in a high-profile way during divorce proceedings. When you plan for your divorce, consider how dividing up your assets will play into the cost.
5- Geographic Location
Each state, city, and country have different costs for divorce cases. Court fees, lawyer fees, processing, paperwork, and more will all change depending on where you live. Areas that have a higher cost of living will typically have higher legal fees. Rural areas may also have higher fees, if you have to travel to a larger area to attend court.
6- Child Custody And Support
A major factor in the cost of divorce and how the divorce plays out in the long run is child custody. This is a factor that can cause many diputes between the two parties, which can increase legal fees. Determining child support costs, visitation, custody, living expenses, etc. will all change how your bill looks in the end. Solving these issues through mediation outside of a court room, can help lower the cost.
Before begining divorce, it is important to talk to your lawer and your ex-partner about child support. Asking questions beforehand may save you a lot of time down the road. Our lawyers at KNK can help you plan for child custody battles and the fees that may arise.
7- Spousal Support And Alimony
The amount of alimony you are required to pay as well as the discussion of the spousal support will all change the cost of divorce. Alimony may be paid for many years, which will keep you indebted to someone for a good chunk of your life. While alimony or spousal support may not be due during your divorce proceedings, the amount you have to pay overtime can really add up.
Litigating the terms of alimony is another service that you will have to pay your lawyers for. The more issues that need to be resolved, the higher the costs.
Divorce Help From Kaufman Nichols & Kaufman
Our team at KNK can help you understand the grounds for divorce in Utah, while providing you with affordable services from our lawyers. Our lawyers will ensure that all terms are discussed, you know your rights, and conditions are agreed upon by both parties. Your divorce is not something to take lightly. Trust our experts at Kaufman, Nichols, & Kaufman to help you navigate this trying time.