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What Does the Average Divorce Cost?

Posted on in Divorce

Elmhurst divorce attorneyWhile issues regarding children—including child custody, visitation, and child support—take precedence during the divorce process, financial matters also rank high on the list of importance. Among the primary concerns for many individuals is how much their divorce will cost. While the cost of divorce varies according to region and the services provided, we can assess the average divorce cost in the United States.

How Much Is Divorce?

The U.S. average cost for a divorce is approximately $15,000 per divorcing spouse. This includes all applicable lawyer fees, court costs, and the hiring of any necessary outside advisors, including real estate appraisers, child custody evaluators, and tax professionals. Your amount, however, could be substantially lower, based on a number of factors.

What Drives the Price of a Divorce?

Time plays a significant role in how much a divorce costs. While the average divorce takes between four and 11 months to complete, those that result in courtroom litigation can go more than a year, sometimes two. The more hours an attorney must put into your case, the more it will cost.

Other determining factors include:

  • Your and your spouse’s ability to compromise and reach agreement on issues such as the division of property and your parenting plan.

  • The number of issues that are contested, meaning that you and your spouse cannot agree and must ask a judge to decide.

  • Whether you and your spouse strongly disagree about where your children should live and who should have primary decision-making responsibility.

  • Whether one spouse is requesting maintenance, which tends to be contested.

  • The retainer fee and hourly billing rate of your divorce attorney.

  • Where the divorce is filed and local filing fees.

The more you and your spouse can agree on, the less time your divorce will take, which lowers the cost. Sometimes cooperation between divorcing spouses is not possible, and while the initial expense may be higher, having an aggressive divorce lawyer fighting for you can protect your financial well-being in the years and decades ahead.

Because of the critical nature and lasting impact of divorce proceedings, do not entrust your case to an inexperienced attorney offering a bargain-basement rate. A substandard divorce lawyer can cost you much more money over time than they can ever save you on the front-end.

Contact a Hinsdale Divorce Attorney

At Wakenight and Associates, P.C., we deliver elite-level legal representation without an exorbitant price. We believe every person has the right to an affordable divorce attorney, and we do everything in our power to keep your divorce costs low. To learn how our Elmhurst divorce lawyers can help you today, call us at 630-528-0734 for a free consultation. We serve clients throughout DuPage County.



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