A: This is a complicated question to answer. The Court filing fees are easy... the "first paper" filing fee in California's superior courts is $395. After that, motions and most other court fees range from $20 - $60 or so. Attorney fees are another matter.
On average, we have found that the typical cost for attorney fees for a divorce is between $15,000 - $20,000 per person. There are a lot of factors that go into that cost -- the amount of conflict, whether there are children, how many times you have to go to court to resolve disputes, complex legal issues, etc. Under the traditional model, a family law attorney generally charges an initial deposit (sometimes called a "retainer") of around $4000 - $6000, against which the attorney bills between $300 - $350/hour. Once the...
A: Simple divorces, where there are no children and there is no property to divide can be as inexpensive at a few hundred dollars. As divorces get more complex with children, homes, businesses the costs will increase. Costs are also very dependent on the fighting between the parties.
Couples who are fighting a lot, will incur much larger bills than those who are in agreement on most things.
A: As I see it, it takes two to marry but only one to terminate the marriage via divorce. Then, in a divorce, it only takes one to cause the case to be contested. In Family Court, divorce cases are resolve either by the parties via mutual agreement (uncontested case) or by the court in making findings and ruling (orders) in a contested case. Typically Family Law attorneys charge by the hour. At my office we try to charge a retainer payment that assumes the case will be uncontested and we try to create a plan for the case that causes the case to settle by mutual agreement so that the case can be resolved with less work and charge to the client. If the case becomes a “contested case” then it is hard to predict the ultimate cost. The best we can do here, is to describe the options to the...
A: Love is grant and divorce is 10 grant. No, seriously, a divorce can be as little as $0 to the sky is the limit. It's $0 if you prepare all the documents yourself and qualify for a fee waiver. It can be tens of thousands $$ if even just one of the parties fights about everything. I would highly recommend mediation if at all possible. Not only is mediation a lot cheaper than litigation, but it's also faster than dragging the case through the court system and parties who reach an agreement are more likely to abide by the agreement than those who had the judge make the decision for them.
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