One of the most common questions asked by clients who are considering a divorce is how much it will cost. And while it is a very valid question, New York City divorce lawyers understand that the answer isn’t a simple one.
Divorces, like the couples who file for them, are highly diverse, with many unique issues. So how much it will cost one couple to divorce will be very different from what it will cost another couple to divorce, depending on these unique aspects.
What Things Affect How Much a Divorce Will Cost?
Things that can affect how much your divorce will cost in New York will be dependent on many factors:
- Is your divorce uncontested or contested?
- Is your divorce a no-fault divorce, or do you have grounds?
- Do you have substantial assets that need to be divided?
- Do you have children?
- Have you agreed on things like property division, child custody, alimony, and other matters?
- Can these things be negotiated or mediated, or will they need to be resolved in court?
- What attorney fees can you expect to pay your New York City divorce attorney?
Because your divorce attorney will be charging by the hour, the amount of time he or she will need to devote to your matter will have a significant effect on how much your divorce will cost. Consequently, the more issues you and your spouse can agree upon or whether your matter will need substantial negotiation or ultimately be decided by the court factors into how much you can expect to pay your attorney.
What Attorneys Do in Preparation For Your Divorce
Resolution of disputes takes a great deal of time. This includes time spent on things such as discovery (requesting and exchanging documentation and other essential information), filing motions, negotiating a settlement agreement with the other attorney, or representing you in court.
Going to trial significantly increases divorce costs. Your attorney will spend a great deal of time preparing to represent your best interests in court. Typically, this requires additional discovery, time spent drafting pre-trial motions and briefs, and preparing for any possible witness testimony and cross examinations. When a divorce attorney gets involved in a divorce trial, he or she will work diligently to ensure your greatest success, but it also may result in a lot more time and more significant costs.
Even If You Aren’t Being Represented By An Attorney
Even if you choose not to be represented by an attorney in your divorce, there will be costs to consider. Depending on your unique situation, there may be costs associated with hiring mediation professionals, appraisers, financial analysts, and other associated professionals to support your case. At the very least, there are filing fees involved.
While self-representation may be the most cost-effective route, it may not be the best option for couples with assets and children. The outcome of your divorce can have far-reaching effects on your life and that of your family, and are easier to resolve at the forefront than fixing after the fact.
Getting Legal Advice
If you are considering a divorce in New York City, you should get skilled legal advice before you make any decisions. At The Law Offices of Juan Luciano, we have represented clients through some of the most challenging times of their lives. Call us at (212) 537-5859 or contact us online to schedule a consultation to discuss your needs.