The first question on the minds of those who wish to file for Divorce is, ‘What is the cost?‘. Legal Action Workshop, which is a Flat Fee Law Firm, offers 2 prices, namely $599 or $799 depending on whether you have children and/or property or not. However, there are other factors that may impact the price for Divorce.
One of the most important factors is cooperation. If your spouse does not wish to cooperate, he/she can still be served by another adult (not a child of the marriage) or a process server. If the spouse does nothing more (does not respond), the Divorce can proceed by way of ‘default’ and can be finalized even without any further cooperation.
However, if the spouse ‘responds‘ when served, an agreement would be needed in order to finalize the Divorce and avoid a court appearance. If the spouse does not wish to sign an agreement, the parties would need to go to trial in order to finalize the Divorce. Here’s a break-down of the cost of not cooperating for a short marriage with no issues:
- the cost of a ‘default’ Divorce (when the respondent does not respond) with a short marriage and no issues could be as low as $599 (flat fee cost of this type of Divorce)
- the cost of the same Divorce (short marriage, no issues) when the spouse responds and is uncooperative could be in excess of $1,499 (usually much higher–dependent on the Attorney and his/her fee structure)
Another example of non-cooperation is when the marriage has issues but the parties refuse to agree on them. This again compels the parties to finalize the Divorce by trial and hence greatly increases the cost as seen here:
- the cost of a Divorce wherein the parties agree on their issues could be as low as $1199 (flat fee cost of Divorce plus a Marital Settlement Agreement or Stipulation)
- the cost of a Divorce without agreement on issues could be in excess of $5,000 (usually much higher–dependent on the Attorney and his/her fee structure)
The cooperation of the parties is extremely important. If there are no issues, then the parties can cooperate as to the process. If there are issues (spousal support, child support, child custody, division of property etc.), the parties can work to agree on them and therefore avoid further hearings or trial. Cooperation will lower the cost of Divorce substantially.
Attorneys typically charge hourly/retainer fees or flat fees. An hourly/retainer Attorney will be more costly than a flat rate Attorney. The parties will need legal advice to understand their issues and how to reasonably address them.
If you are interested in LOW FLAT FEES for your Divorce, give Legal Action Workshop a call @ 1-800-HELP-444 (1-800-435-7444) or visit our website for more information @ www.LegalActionWorkshopLAW.com .