Divorce is ripe with uncertainty about what is going to happen and how assets will be divided.
How long will my divorce take?
The short answer to this question: more than six months. A California divorce will take longer than six months due to the mandatory waiting period. Six months is the least amount of time it will take.
Due to the complicated and often contested nature of dissolving a marriage, most divorces take longer. The six-month time frame only applies if there are no contested issues and both parties are amicable.
The more accurate, but ambiguous, answer is that every divorce is unique and there are a lot of factors that will extend the duration of the divorce process.
How much will my divorce cost?
It won’t be cheap. The decisions made in your divorce will affect your life for years to come, and in some cases the rest of your life. It is important that the choices you make and the terms you negotiate are something you can live with.
While it is possible to save money upfront by filing the divorce yourself, it is all too common for D-I-Y divorces to need modifications down the road. These modifications can be time consuming and costly, not to mention stressful.
Because every set of circumstances is unique, it is difficult to estimate the final cost of a divorce without knowledge of the situation. According to online sources, divorces in the United States average between $15,000 and $20,000—but divorces are anything but average and that number can be deceiving.
If you are considering divorce and want an estimate of what it will cost, given your unique circumstances, please give us a call. We are always happy to answer your questions over the phone at no charge and no obligation.
What issues will be resolved in my divorce?
A divorce will address all the legal issues involved in dissolving your marriage. The most common topics that are included in your divorce decree are the division of assets and debt, custody (if children are present), support, and retirement.
Once again, your unique circumstances will dictate what needs to be included in your divorce decree. This list is not an exhaustive example of what a divorce will resolve, but merely an example of some of the most frequently included items.