If you want to know how much your California divorce will cost, then you will have to speak with your attorney in detail. Unfortunately, it is virtually impossible to determine the cost of a divorce from the outset. There are many factors that need to be assessed when filing a divorce, and some divorces will be quick and inexpensive while others are extremely costly.
In general, it costs $435 to file a civil case, and another $435 for a spouse to file a response to the filing. These fees are subject to change without notice, so they may not be accurate at the time that you are seeking assistance. After paying the filing fee, much of the costs of your divorce will depend on your preferences as the client and your spouse's responses. If you and your spouse are able to come to an amicable divorce solution, then the process may be short, simple, and therefore less expensive. Also, self-reliant clients may be able to cut expenses by answering their own questions and failing to add up billable hours if working with an hourly lawyer.
If the other party in a divorce case is independent and emotionally stable then this will also help to cut divorce costs. When a spouse wants to drag the divorce along, or wants to file lawsuits or argue about small property division disputes, this will escalate costs. Debates about child custody, child support, visitation and more may be necessary in your case, but they will also drive up costs significantly.
Also, you will want to consider your spouse's attorney. If he or she is working to achieve an amicable goal settlement, then this may help to cut costs. If the other attorney is bent on dragging out the process, this will result in a higher cost. At Cutter & Lax you can trust that we want to help you get a workable solution for your divorce and take up as little of your time as possible. We want to give you an economic divorce without taking advantage of your finances in the least.
The judge and court that is involved in your case will also have an impact on your costs, and the number of legal and contested issues within the divorce. If you want more information then don't hesitate to talk to an attorney at the firm right away. With the right lawyer on your side, you can trust that you are doing all that you can to reduce costs and still arrive at a satisfactory solution. Call the firm today if you want to learn more or if you need to file for a San Fernando divorce!