The divorce rate is so high, but many people do not actually think about the cost of divorce or how long the process will take until they are going through the process themselves. Attorney fees can range depending where you live, who you decide to hire, and how much is involved in coming to a resolution. There is no set amount of time or set amount of money that you will spend settling your divorce. It is different for everybody. There are surveys that have gathered averages among people to determine a result on several factors of divorce. These surveys have questioned individuals on how much their divorce attorney charged, how much their divorce cost, issues involved in the court process, whether their spouse contested the case, how long it took to settle, and how satisfied they were with the outcome.
Although this information does not determine a “set in stone” answer, at least it can provide individuals with useful information.
Everyone is always wondering if a divorce lawyer is charging too much or too little. Nationwide the typical fee per hour was $250. According to the following graph presented by Nolo, most individuals paid between $150-$350.
The lawyers are usually involved in the following services for that cost per hour. The lawyers involved in these cases provided full representation. They would handle any issue relating to the case. The lawyer involved would provide limited scope or partial representation. The attorney managed some aspects of these cases. Finally the last service commonly provided by the attorney , they would provide a consultation only.
Some people paid as low as $50, while some people paid as high as $650.
This is the cost of just the lawyer’s fee alone, by many individuals will wonder how much the total cost of divorce is. This will take in account attorney’s fees, court costs, and other costs such as hiring a real estate appraiser, tax advisor, child custody evaluator, or any other expert.
According to the individuals who took part in the survey, many of them paid around $15,000. The costs of attorney’s fees for these individuals was around $12,800. Just because you are paying these fees, does not mean by the end of it all that you will have every issue resolved in court.
According to survey, the more couples that went to trial, the less satisfied those clients were. Whenever a divorce goes to trial, it comes with a lot more stress and a lot more issues or complications.
These issues were usually related to child custody, child support, alimony, division of property, division of debts, attorney’s fees, breach of a fiduciary duty, or claims for reimbursement. The couples that went to trial reported to spend around $20,000 in costs. A couple that were able to settle the divorce without trial were able to spend between $12,000 and $15,000.
Usually when going through the process of divorce, couples want to get it over and done with as soon as possible. Usually when you are able to see eye to eye with a spouse, and come to an agreement with ease, the process will go by quicker. According to the survey, to get to the final court settlement, it took around 11 months. For couples that went to trial, it took anywhere between 17.6 months. For some couples it can even take years and years to settle a divorce.
According to the Nolo survey, couples that let a judge make the decisions lead to more dissatisfaction. This dissatisfaction can also be due to a number of reasons such as the length that it takes to settle the issue.
If you want your divorce to go as smoothly as possible, you are going to want to hire an experienced family lawyer. Palacios Law Group is always here to help! Call us if you need to schedule a consultation.