Written by attorney Jack Berner

Cost of divorce in Washington

No one can truthfully tell you how much a divorce will cost as each divorce is unique. There are several possible contributing factors that impact the cost of the divorce including--but not limited to--court costs, attorney's fees, Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) fees when children are involved, whether the parties are able to reach an agreement on key issues, appraiser and accountant fees for complex property issues, special counseling costs if Ordered by the Court, and possibly the other party's attorney's fees if she is without funds. Court costs vary from county to county. Generally, the fees range from $100-$500. The cost may or may not include service of process, publication, and court costs other than the filing fee. Attorney fees vary based on the individual attorney and the complexity of the divorce. An uncontested divorce with no real property, and no minor children will generally run between $1,500-$3,000. In a contested divorce, it is more difficult to estimate fees because of the uncertainty of how much work will need to be done on the case and where the case will ultimately resolve itself (i.e., after the initial contested hearing, prior to mediation, after mediation, prior to trial, during trial, etc). The less the parties cooperate, the more expensive the divorce will be. An unreasonable spouse can make the divorce expensive. Quality legal representation will more than pay for itself in the outcome of the divorce.

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