My divorce should be cheap. Why does it cost so much?
Although you think your divorce should only cost $100, there are many factors that impact how much a divorce will cost?
Although it is difficult to predict how much legal fees will be, the following are some of the factors that affect the cost:
• Whether there are children
• Whether child custody is agreed upon
• Whether there are novel legal questions
• Whether a pension plan will be divided between the parties
• The nature of the contested issues contested
• The number of issues agreed to between the parties
• The cooperation of the opposing party and opposing counsel
• The frequency of your communication with your attorney
• The ability of the parties to communicate with each other, as well as the client’s ability to communicate with his/her attorney
• The promptness with which information is provided and/or exchanged between both the clients and the attorneys
• Whether there are litigation costs, such as fees for expert witness fees or court reporter fees
• The hourly rate of the attorney
• The time it will take to conclude your divorce
• The conduct of both parties
Communicating with your lawyer regularly about your legal fees will help you to have a better understanding of the overall cost as your case proceeds.