When things do not seem to work out for married couples and there might be no chance of repairing the marriage, the last option that remains is getting divorced. No one in their right mind thinks that their marriage might end in a divorce when they are spending so extravagantly on their wedding for a near perfect and unforgettable event. Even the idea of a divorce seems erroneous when people decide to get married. However, marriage does not work out for every couple and some end in divorce. According to Canadian statistics, around 40% of marriages end up in divorces before the 30th wedding anniversary of the couple.
One question that crosses the mind of every spouse or every married couple who intends to get a divorce is, how much money can a divorce cost them? The various aspects involved in a divorce such as the fees of divorce lawyers, terms that might be agreed upon, the time the divorce case will take to come to a decision, and the number of issues that they will have to face baffles them. Although many of these costs can intimidate anyone away from the intention of divorce, some marriages are so broken down that there seems to be no other choice but to get separated by taking a divorce.
For such unfortunate cases, here is a brief overview of the costs that are generally involved with a divorce. Keep in mind that the cost of divorce varies with a number of factors – where you live, whom you hire, whether your spouse is combative or collegial, and how many issues you’ll need to resolve.
Divorce Lawyer Fees
The divorce lawyer fees can vary from lawyer to lawyer, depending on the case. The general divorce fees charged by a lawyer for an uncontested case can vary from a low amount of $801 to a mounting amount of $1,608. It is noticed that the average cost is $1,043 per an uncontested case.
On the other hand, the divorce fees charged by a lawyer for a contested case can almost be double the amount of an uncontested case, starting with a low of $5,743 and rising to a colossal amount of $33,881. The average amount that a lawyer would charge can be $9,989.
This fee does not include disbursements, which many lawyers take into account. These disbursements can be the phone calls required to make by the lawyer and the photocopies of the documents. With these included, the cost for a contested can case can soar over $40,000.
Paralegals and Lawyers
Paralegals charge much lower than official lawyers for a divorce. They include the expenses of the disbursements in their fees and still, the fee of a paralegal is at least 50% lower than the fee a lawyer would charge for an uncontested case. The fee of a paralegal ranges from $500 to $1,000.