Divorce can be expensive, but it does not have to be. If you understand the costs associated with the process, you can make choices that will help to keep the cost manageable.
U.S. News and World Report explains that knowing the general costs and working from there can help you to figure out what you want to do in your divorce and budget accordingly.
No average cost
There are no average divorce costs because every case is different. The more complex your case, the more it will cost. Some people can fly through the process, which greatly reduces the expense. Still, you can get a general idea of the costs, which some sources speculate to be between $13,000 and $15,000. It is a better idea to focus on the individual costs that go into the total.
There are many expenses that go into a divorce. This begins with legal help. These costs are hard to pinpoint because it depends on how much work your attorney will have to do. If you need to go into court and litigate, then it will cost far more than if you and your spouse reach a mutual agreement.
Court costs are another expense. You have to pay to file paperwork. There may be additional fees depending on where you divorce.
Other costs that you may not factor in include the costs associated with property. For example, if you sell your home, that will end up costing you because you will have to split the profits. You may also miss time off work without pay, or you may have to alter your work schedule to accommodate your new single-parent status.
The costs of divorce vary widely. Before you begin the process, it can help to figure out a budget based on expenses specific to you.