divorce cost

When you and your spouse decide to get divorced, one of the first things you’ll need to do is find a New Jersey divorce attorney to represent your case. Unfortunately, hiring an attorney isn’t free. You’ll need to pay for their services and their advice throughout the divorce process. So, how much can you expect to pay for their services? On average, New Jersey divorces can cost well over $10,000 and the fees you pay your divorce lawyer are just one part of that total. Here’s what you need to know about the factors impacting what you’ll pay.

It Depends on the Type of Divorce

The type of divorce you file can influence how much you pay your attorney and how much you pay for the divorce in total. Uncontested divorces typically cost much less and require less time for the attorneys involved. That means you’ll likely end up paying a lower fee since much of the burden of creating divorce agreements falls to you and your spouse. Your attorneys are there to help you navigate any trickier negotiations. 

If you file a traditional divorce, you’ll likely pay more. This is because the attorney must prepare your case, represent you in court, and spend time collecting any necessary evidence and supporting documentation to strengthen your arguments.

Legal Fees Vary From Attorney to Attorney

Different attorneys are free to charge different rates for their services. More experienced attorneys who have represented dozens if not hundreds of people like you may cost more than newer or less experienced attorneys. That’s why it’s a good idea to effectively shop around. 

Speak with attorneys at several firms before you make your choice. Schedule consultations with several attorneys and find out what their rates are. Reputable attorneys will happily discuss their rates with you as part of that initial consultation. But that’s not all you’ll want to find out. Pay close attention to how comfortable you feel around them, their experience, and their understanding of your situation. Then, compare the prices the attorneys you feel most comfortable with are charging. 

You may find that working with a more experienced attorney who costs more may be a better fit than working with a less experienced but more affordable attorney.

You May Need to Pay for Mediation Services

Your attorney is responsible for filing your case and representing your interests. And while they can push for certain terms in your settlement, it’s also possible that you and your spouse can come to an agreement through mediation prior to going to court. If you choose to do so, you may end up increasing the cost of your divorce. You’ll have to pay for those mediation services on top of your other legal fees. 

Again, the cost of mediation will vary. You may end up paying more to work with a mediator who is also a practicing attorney. 

Expert Testimony Can Increase Legal Fees

In some instances, attorneys may need to look for and work with experts to strengthen your case. Those experts can increase the cost of your divorce and the fees you pay your attorney. Keep in mind that expert testimony isn’t always required. It depends on your situation and your attorney should tell you if they need to consult with an expert prior to working with one. 

Let the New Jersey Divorce Attorneys at Carvajal Law Help

If you and your spouse are certain that pursuing divorce is the right next step, save yourself the frustration and stress of searching for a New Jersey divorce attorney you can trust. At Carvajal Law, our team will represent your case and work with you to finalize your divorce without breaking the bank. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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