Towson Divorce Lawyers
Cost of a Maryland Divorce
Before deciding on a divorce, people most likely ask themselves how much the entire process will cost them and their families, both financially and emotionally. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. If you are contemplating getting a divorce, the price tag will depend on the complexity of the issues involved. At Huesman, Jones & Miles, LLC, we take a cost-effective approach and strive to resolve our client’s cases as efficiently as possible.
National Average Cost of Divorce
On average, a divorce in the United States costs approximately $15,000. This represents the mid-point of a range, depending on the number of issues that go to trial. When a divorcing couple cannot agree on any issues, the average cost is $19,600. Where all issues can be settled, the average cost is $14,500.
Although these costs may seem steep, if you have assets you want to protect (including real and personal property, retirement benefits and income that might go toward spousal support), the up-front cost of a competently handled divorce can save you money over the long term.
The Least Expensive Divorce: Joint Petition for an Uncontested Separation
In Maryland, the least expensive option for divorce is a joint petition for uncontested separation, wherein a couple has no children. This type of divorce involves a jointly prepared agreement that is submitted to the court for approval. If a couple has minor children, there are additional details to be provided for in the agreement, such as child support and visitation.
Resolving all outstanding issues in a divorce may be difficult without a neutral third party. Although hiring a mediator costs money, it may prevent the higher cost of litigation in the long run. Mediation is a voluntary process that allows a couple to control the outcome of their divorce without hiring a lawyer and going to divorce court. It is advised that couples opting to use the service of a mediator have an attorney review their agreement. Divorcing couples going through mediation can also expect to pay filing fees with the court.
In the collaborative divorce process, both parties are represented by an attorney. There are also two collaborative coaches, a financial specialist and a child specialist if there are children. Couples attempting a collaborative divorce can expect to pay hourly fees for these specialists. However, a successful collaborative process saves the costs of a contested litigation and results in an agreement that both parties voluntarily agree to.
Couples who are unable to agree on key issues proceed to divorce court. Both parties hire attorneys and other experts to advocate on their behalf in court. Often, your lawyer can work together with your spouse’s lawyer to reach a settlement and cut your costs. When going to court, you can expect to pay court fees and have significant legal expenses.
Even when you go this route, there are still many factors that influence your final cost. Depending on how many issues need to be fully litigated, you can save significant time, expense and fees by resolving some of the most difficult issues by a voluntary resolution between the parties.
Towson Divorce Lawyers at Huesman, Jones & Miles, LLC Offer Cost-Effective Representation to Couples Seeking Divorce
The trusted Towson divorce lawyers at Huesman, Jones & Miles, LLC pride ourselves on helping our clients reach agreement whenever possible, to avoid costly, drawn out litigation. We pride ourselves on being highly responsive to all inquiries. To discuss your situation, call us at 443-589-0150 or contact us online today.