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Thursday, July 18, 2019

What Does It Cost to Get a Divorce in New York?

If you are contemplating ending your marriage, one of the things that might concern you is the cost to get a divorce in New York. You may have heard that it costs much more to obtain a divorce than it does to get married. For some couples, this statement could be true. However, for some couples, it could cost much less to get a divorce than it did to plan a wedding. It all depends on the circumstances. Before deciding that you cannot afford to get a divorce, try talking to a New York family law lawyer. You may be surprised to realize that divorces in New York can be affordable.

What Causes a Divorce to Cost More?

Three main factors contribute to the cost of a divorce:

  • Whether you and your spouse can agree to an uncontested divorce action;
  • The complexity of the issues related to your divorce; and,
  • The attorney you hire to represent you in the divorce action.

A simple, DIY uncontested divorce action will cost a minimum of $335 in court fees. You may also incur other costs, including copy fees, certified mail fees, and travel costs. While some individuals may be able to complete the process for an uncontested divorce themselves, it does require the ability to complete the paperwork and understand the court rules regarding service of process and court hearings. Some individuals are not comfortable handling these matters because they fear they could make a mistake that would result in their case being dismissed.

Unfortunately, a simple uncontested divorce can quickly turn into a costly and time-consuming disaster if your other spouse decides that he or she does not want to work with you to resolve divorce matters fairly and reasonably. Before you fully understand what is happening, your spouse may have a skilled, experienced New York divorce lawyer handling the matter. Therefore, before you begin the process of a DIY uncontested divorce, it may be in your best interest to discuss matters related to your divorce with an attorney.

How Much Do Lawyers Charge for Divorces in New York?

One of the largest costs of a divorce is the fee for your attorney. Each divorce lawyer charges fees based on his or her experience. Attorneys also base their fees on the complexity of the case. Some attorney offers flat-rate divorce fees while others may charge by the hour. In some cases, a law firm may offer both types of fees depending on whether the case is an uncontested divorce action or a contested divorce action.

Choosing the least expensive attorney for your divorce may not be your best option. The matters settled in your divorce can have long-term consequences. Matters related to custody, child support, property division, and alimony can impact your life for decades. Having an experienced lawyer protecting your best interests can help you move on with your life with the financial support you need for your children and yourself.

Contact a New York Divorce Lawyer to Discuss Your Options

When you are ending your marriage, it helps to have someone to guide you through the process who understands the system and is a strong advocate. Contact Gassman Baiamonte Gruner, P.C. to speak with a New York divorce lawyer today. Our New York family law lawyers provide support and guidance, in addition to legal advice.

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