Well there’s a question we get often. And the obvious answer is still true… every divorce is different. But there are some parameters. Most people say that a divorce will cost anywhere from $15,000 to $20,000. So what fees can you expect: attorney fees, court costs, costs for parent education classes, fees for neutral evaluations and mediation costs.
If there’s real estate involved you’ll have to factor in refinancing costs and record deed fees. And, of course, living in a more popular/higher-income area will make divorce more expensive.
Here are a few tricks to keep your costs low:
— Know what you’re agreeing to. Or ask one of us to clarify! That’s what divorce attorneys are here for. Settlements can be pricey, so make sure you’ve crunched every number with your attorney beforehand.
— Be quick! One of the main reasons divorce can be so expensive is how long the case takes. The longer it’s drawn out, the pricier it will be. Keep that in mind.
— Don’t play dirty. The more you try to cause your ex pain, the more it will cost you. If either/both of you decide to try to make the other person’s life hell, it will just delay the process and add more fees everyday!
— Sign a Pre-Nup. This is self-explanatory. While it still may not make divorce “easy,” and you’ll still want an attorney, a prenup makes a world of a difference. Both sides are bound to that contract and the judge will almost always honor what the prenup states about the marriage/finances.