“How much will it cost me to get a divorce?”
Divorce isn’t cheap. In fact, researchers indicate that the average
American divorce costs between $10,000 and $20,000. If you are looking
toward divorce, this may not sound like a reasonable financial endeavor.
But here is the good news: Like any facet of your personal finances,
you can manage and budget the cost of your divorce.
Why is divorce so costly?
Simply put, divorce is expensive because it requires a couple to take one
household budget and divide it to support two households. Additional expenses,
such as hiring an attorney or paying court fees, can easily push the cost
of your divorce above $10,000.
Though with the help of an attorney, you can seek an advantageous divorce
settlement, minimizing the financial impact of your separation.
A Breakdown of Common Divorce Costs
Divorce costs usually fall these categories:
You can expect to pay about $300 in to initially file for divorce. This
includes the filing fee, judicial surcharge, and court facilitator surcharge.
In most cases, attorney fees are based on the complexity of your case.
Remember: bargain shopping for a lawyer isn’t a real bargain. It
can lead to serious expenses down the line if your divorce settlement
Child custody cases often require the help of an expert witness. If an
expert can bolster your case, you may need to pay for one.
Property and debt division is complicated. If you and your spouse have
accumulated debt, you may need to hire a financial expert for additional guidance.
Practical expenses, such as relocating from the marital residence to a
new home, can contribute to the overall cost of your divorce.
Factors to Consider
Two important factors will influence the overall cost of your divorce:
children and whether the divorce is contentious or amicable. Generally
speaking, contested divorces are more expensive because they require additional
time in the courtroom. An amicable or uncontested divorce, on the other
hand, will take less time, saving money on fees, etc. If you have children,
child custody and support add to the amount of time needed to create a
Get in Touch with McKinley Irvin to Learn More
If you are considering a divorce, the Washington family law attorneys at
McKinley Irvin are here to help. As the largest matrimonial law firm in
the region, our legal team has served hundreds of clients just like you
and is ready to use this experience to help your case. We have office
locations in Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue Vancouver, and Puyallup.
Contact us to arrange a consultation with an experienced attorney for the knowledgeable legal guidance you need.