Looking to get a divorce. Hoping it can be civil and quick, painless as possible. Have two small children.
That depends on the complexity of the case and the level of agreement between the two of you. An "Agreed Divorce" can be done as quickly as 4-6 weeks and cost a total of 1500-2000 (fees and costs) depending on the attorney. A contested divorce can generally take 6 months to 1.5 years and run each of you $2500-$20,000 and possibly more. Your best bet is to consult with a divorce lawyer (many offer free consultations) to get the best advice on time and costs but more importantly on your rights.
We are not allowed to discuss fees on this site. You need to call around and talk to lawyers in your area. Fees depend on the difficulty of the case and upon the experience of the lawyer handling the matter. The time it takes to complete your case depends upon how much you and your spouse cooperate in resolving all the issues. Clients often think matters are more simplistic then they really are. A typical divorce can take 6 months to a year.
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You will have to contact some lawyers in your area to see what they charge. The fees that lawyers charge vary. Many lawyers also do not charge for initial consultations with prospective clients. Once you speak with an attorney, he/she should quote you what they will charge. The divorce from your spouse can happen quickly if you and your spouse agree on ALL the terms in the divorce judgment.
It depends on many circumstances, really impossible to predict the cost. However, if things are amicable and uncontested, and if you hire the right attorney it can be done at a reasonable cost. Set up some phone consults with attorneys and get an idea on retainers.
Despite any answers here to the contrary, there is no way to say with certainty how much your divorce would cost as lawyers are free to set their own fees although court filing fees and costs are set by statute. Also, there is no way of stating how long your case would take because it would depend upon the parties and the attorneys involved and how much the parties cooperate with each other. The 2 questions you have asked are very important questions and I want event potential client who comes to my office to ask those questions even though there really is no set answer. Once that is understood the client can proceed to the next step, which is to decide whether, when and how to proceed. Best wishes to you.
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That is a loaded question. Are children involved? If so are you in agreement on living arrangements. Can the two of you agree on major life choices for your children. Have you agreed on the separation of your property and debts. Is one of you eligible for spousal support. The more you agree on, the less expensive it is. The more you fight the more expensive it gets.
The answer does depend on how much you have to argue about and how complex your case is. if you are in full agreement and there are no children, the total cost is approximately $1800 to $2000. If you end up going to trial, your case could cost over $20,000.00.
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