Out of all the things that one must worry about in relation to a divorce, cost is the highest ranked. Yes, that’s right, cost. A recent survey performed by Avvo, a legal website, surveyed approximately 900 people and discovered that the cost of a divorce was the biggest worry among the couples involved.
Cost, you may say? Well, considering in Arizona the average rate for a divorce attorney is between $250 and $350 an hour, monies can easily add up to over $10,000 in attorney fees alone, just within the first 6 months of litigation. Sure the cost of a divorce is high, but is that a reason to stay in the marriage and make it work simply because money is “a bit tight”? According to Slater and Gordon, a British Law Firm, couples surveyed think it is.
Many people seem to think that the attorney sets the rates and cost of a divorce. While the flat “attorney” may be set and fixed by the attorney, the participants can keep the total cost of a divorce low fairly easily. For example, the more drawn out and un-civil the parties are, the more likely the case and the divorce will take longer and be a lot more drawn out. Keeping issues civilized and agreeing to disagree is a good way to keep costs low.
If you are considering a divorce, consider why you are stopping yourself or the process. Is it because of cost? Of course there are many other components of a divorce such as dividing assets and child custody (where applicable) but staying in something because it is “too expensive” might not be the right answer.
Marriage is a wonderful thing when it is done right, however, when things aren’t going so well, staying in a situation like that can be detrimental to everyone involved, including the kids.
Do your research, take your time and make the best decision for you and your family.