Divorce can be a difficult process for any couple, and the financial aspect of divorce can make the experience even more stressful. If you’re considering divorce or just beginning the divorce process, you might be wondering how much the entire process will cost you. The total cost depends on what state you live in and the circumstances of your divorce. To learn more about divorce costs in New Jersey, continue reading or contact a Somerset County Divorce Attorney today!
HOW MUCH DOES DIVORCE TYPICALLY COST IN NJ?
On average, a New Jersey divorce costs between $12,000 and $15,000 in total. However, this number can vary greatly depending on the circumstances of your divorce. If you and your spouse mostly agree on divorce decisions, then you’ll likely have a much cheaper divorce than spouses who cannot come to an agreement on their own. All divorces in New Jersey will require at least a few hundred dollars in legal fees, including filing the divorce papers, hiring a process server or sheriff to serve the papers, and finalizing the divorce. Many spouses choose to hire divorce attorneys and/or mediators, but this isn’t required in New Jersey.
WHAT FACTORS AFFECT DIVORCE COSTS?
There are many different circumstances that may affect the total cost of your divorce. Most of the divorce expenses come from hiring a divorce attorney. The average cost of a New Jersey divorce lawyer is between $300 and $400 per hour. This means that the longer your divorce process is extended because you and your spouse can’t come to an agreement, the more fees both you and your spouse will need to pay. You can choose to represent yourself, but an attorney can help guide you through the complicated divorce process.
Uncontested divorces are the most expensive because they often require the spouses to go through litigation. This is when the spouses have to battle out their differences in the courtroom and require a judge to make final settlement decisions for them. Mediation might be a cheaper and less stressful option for couples who need help coming to an agreement. Like attorneys, mediators are often paid at an hourly rate. So, the more time you need to come to a reasonable agreement with your spouse, the more the entire process will cost you. Mediation is still beneficial because it allows you and your spouse to make your own settlement without a judge deciding for them.
Though hiring a divorce attorney can be pricey, it’s definitely worth it if you want to ensure you’ll earn the settlement you deserve. Many people are unsure how to proceed with their divorce and need help from a professional. Thankfully, Siragusa Law Firm is here to provide individualized and high-quality legal counseling. Contact us today for help from a compassionate and highly experienced divorce attorney!