One of the most common questions we get about divorce cases is asking how much a divorce costs. Every case is unique and has many unknowns, so it is difficult to say exactly how much you will spend on your divorce. Because of the large number of variables, we usually quote a broad range. An uncontested divorce could cost as little as $2,000 or as much as $6,000, and a contested divorce could cost anywhere from $6,000 and up to six figures. Variables include whether you have children, property, retirement accounts, and more.
If you are ready to divorce or your spouse has served divorce papers to you, contact a Worcester divorce attorney for a consultation.
When planning for divorce costs, you might consider several factors over and above those previously mentioned, including:
Cases that are seemingly simple could turn out to be very difficult, especially those cases with property, a business, children, and a spouse asking for spousal support.
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If everything goes smoothly and the case remains uncontested, the cost is much lower. If the case starts contested, but you end up settling during mediation, the costs are often significantly lower than a case that goes to trial.
Some unexpected costs of divorce include:
Almost all of these situations require hearings before the court unless you and your spouse can agree on a solution the attorneys come up with. Every time a situation must go to a hearing, the attorney must prepare for the hearing, schedule the hearing with the court and the other attorney, send out a notice of hearing, attend the hearing, and draft the order pursuant to the court’s ruling.
You might be involved in a contentious divorce and believe that your spouse would never settle. However, if you and your spouse can come to an agreement with the help of a mediator on many of the situations you couldn’t previously resolve, you could significantly reduce the cost of your divorce.
Benefits of mediation include:
While mediation could take an hour or several hours, it is ultimately less expensive than going to trial—and you are more likely to get what you want in certain situations. For example:
You might agree to short-term spousal support in exchange for your spouse signing over their interest in the house. An experienced Worcester divorce attorney can help you determine the best course of action prior to mediation based on the value of equity in your assets and which assets are more likely to increase in value.
When looking for a divorce lawyer, you should look for someone who has plenty of experience in several areas, including property division, spousal support, mediation, and litigation. Getting divorced is a major life change, both emotionally and financially, and it is something that you want to get right so you do not regret some of your decisions in the future. An experienced Worcester divorce lawyer can advise you on some of the better actions to take.
Typically, each party pays their own attorney. However, in certain circumstances, one spouse might pay the other’s attorneys fees. The court considers the parties’ behavior during the divorce proceedings, whether one person hid assets, and the ability or inability of each spouse to pay attorney’s fees.
Depending on each person’s unique situation, a divorce could cost anywhere from $2,000 to $20,000 or more. The average contested divorce in Massachusetts per person is approximately $15,000 without a trial, and $50,000 and up if the case goes to trial.
This depends on your actions. When we draft a settlement agreement or the court enters an order on property division, the documents note which spouse retains which liabilities. Additionally, the spouses have the responsibility to file the appropriate documents for title and deed transfers.
If you and your attorney do everything correctly, you are less likely to suffer financial ruin in a divorce.
When an experienced attorney works on your divorce case, they ensure that any agreements you have with your spouse are in writing with clauses that allow you to re-open the case based on certain allegations, such as not paying child support or not turning over a deed or title to assets.
If you are considering divorcing or your spouse has already served you with divorce papers, contact a Worcester divorce attorney for a consultation and to learn more about your rights.
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