There are many costs associated with ending a marriage, and a California spouse may have to make significant adjustments to his or her lifestyle. Experts suggest it can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000 to divorce, and this number goes up if a couple goes to court. These numbers only represent the immediate expenses and not the long-term costs.
Divorce is expensive, but there may be a few ways one can reduce the costs associated with this process. First of all, it will cost less if spouses can settle their disputes out of court. Litigation is expensive, and the longer it goes on, the more two parties will spend on attorney fees and other costs. Negotiations and other dispute resolution methods may be able to help two contending parties resolve their differences.
Dealing with the family home can be a source of unexpected costs. If one spouse wishes to remain in the family home, he or she will have to pay for upkeep, taxes and likely have to refinance the mortgage. However, a couple that decides to sell the home may also have to address costs, such as repairs to the home, before they can split the proceeds from the sale.
There is significant benefit in working with a California attorney who can help reduce costs and make the process smoother. With help, it is possible to secure terms that allow for a strong and stable post-divorce future. Starting with an assessment of the individual situation, it may be possible to have a general idea of the costs to expect and how to save money along the way.