No one enters into a marriage with the plan of getting a divorce. Unfortunately, 39% of marriages in the United States result in a divorce, so if you find yourself contemplating divorce, you are not alone.
Divorce is an emotionally and financially challenging process, and sadly, many couples stay in unhappy relationships to avoid financial hardship. Because of the financial ramifications, it is critical to understand the costs of divorce to make informed decisions about it.
Your case will require a processing fee to get started. Unless you and your spouse agree to split the cost, the spouse who files the petition is usually responsible for paying court costs. The divorce filing fees vary from $100 to $500, differ from state to state, and whether you share young children.
When children are involved, you’ll file additional documentation outlining how to move forward with a visitation schedule and efficiently co-parent if there’s no full child custody. If you decide to hire lawyers, this can take more money and time, as you’ll have to pay larger legal fees.
Suppose you and your spouse differ over who will get the family house, cars, furnishings, gadgets, or other significant assets. It can be expensive to negotiate each property distribution component in court.