This probably doesn’t come as a shock to you, but divorce is expensive. Filing paperwork, appearing in court, hiring a divorce attorney, all of these come with a price tag. One of the most common questions we hear is: how much does divorce cost?
Rick Jones, our founding partner, regularly appears on The Danny Bonaduce and Sarah Morning Show. He answers listener questions about divorce and family law. One recent caller asked this very thing.
Here’s how that call went:
Greg: “My wife and I have been married for 6 years and we’ve been separated for the last year, we haven’t done anything legal yet in terms of the courts, but I’m just curious of what a ballpark of what this is going to cost me would be?”
Rick: “The expense is really going to be based on how much time is required on both sides of the case to resolve the case, and that’s what your ultimate goal is is to be done. So, a lot of the legwork you can actually get done yourself if the two of you can communicate and keep an amicable nature going on, scribble on the back of a napkin, take it to an attorney, and if that’s all that needed to be resolved, you’re going to be out of there really quick.”
Unfortunately, we also see a lot of the other side, which is you got two people at each other’s throat a little bit, and contested issues which are emotionally packed, and those are cases that can last months and months, and go all the way to trial.“
Danny: “People say all the time when they call the show, in my life and even in one of my many divorces, “ah we don’t need a lawyer, this is going to be really friendly.” And I will tell you that’s always going to be more expensive than from having a lawyer from the get-go. Cuz [sic] by the time you say, ‘turns out we do need a lawyer!’ Now you’re mad. You should have started with a lawyer before anyone got mad. That’s my advice to you.”
If you have questions about divorce, contact Goldberg Jones at our San Diego office.
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