We get numerous calls every day from people asking, “How much is my divorce (or case) going to cost?” The short answer: it depends. The long answer:
Before we can tell you what your case will cost, we need some information from you.
- To start, how long have you been married?
- Do you and/or your spouse work?
- Do you share bank accounts, or have separate accounts?
- Do either of you have a retirement plan?
- How do you handle life, health, vision, and dental insurance?
- Do you own a home?
- Will it be kept, or sold?
- Is one of you moving out?
- Do you have items in the home that need to be divided?
- Do you have children?
- If so, have you agreed on a custody arrangement?
- A visitation schedule?
- Child support?
- Health insurance?
This is the starting point to even determine if your divorce will likely be contested or uncontested. Until you meet with an attorney and discuss these issues in detail, there is no way an attorney can know what your case will cost. After the consultation, however, if you have identified the main issues above and had a discussion regarding case expectations, your attorney should be able to provide at least a ballpark estimate of the time and costs expected in your case.