How much does a divorce typically cost is a somewhat difficult question to answer. The honest answer to this question is it depends on the particular facts and circumstances of each case. In a situation where both parties to the divorce agree on all outstanding issues in all likelihood, they will be able to process what is called an uncontested divorce. In an uncontested divorce there are no issues in dispute and there is no requirement that the parties engage in litigation. In an uncontested divorce there is no need to require the judge to decide any issues as the parties have already agreed on all issues amongst themselves. As a result of this fact an uncontested divorce is the cheapest, most inexpensive way to go through the divorce process. In the event that everything goes very smoothly and the parties have no disagreements whatsoever it is conceivable that an uncontested divorce proceeding can be handled by an attorney and the cost associated with same would be less than a few thousand dollars.
In the event parties are not in agreement and they each decide to engage in divorce litigation, the total cost of the divorce could be quite expensive. Divorce lawyers get paid on an hourly basis that is commensurate with their level of experience. If the parties cannot come to an agreement on their own the lawyers will be required to make extensive arguments on their behalf in writing to the court, the court will need to consider those submissions and in all probability conduct a hearing to determine how all the outstanding issues should be resolved. Each application to the court, as it will require the attorney a significant amount of time to prepare, will in all probability cost a few thousand dollars. The average cost for a New Jersey divorce lawyer on a contested case is approximately $10,000 to $15,000.
There is another option available for couples who do not agree on all issues but are smart enough to want to avoid the cost associated with s a litigated divorce. That option is divorce mediation. In a divorce mediation the parties agree upon the selection of a divorce mediator, who is oftentimes an experienced divorce lawyer. The mediator acts as a neutral third party and assists the parties in coming to an agreement on the issues that are initially in dispute. Most divorce mediators do not require a significant upfront retainer in order to begin assisting the parties in resolving their differences.
The divorce lawyers at Villani and DeLuca are equipped to handle any type of divorce proceeding ranging from processing uncontested divorces, to litigating highly contested divorces, to mediating divorces for couples. Should you have any interest in pursuing a divorce by whatever means contact Villani and DeLuca today to obtain your free consultation.