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Contested Divorce is Expensive Posted on June 14, 2011, by

Of late I have been contemplating a flurry of incoming phone calls from folks looking at getting a divorce or who have been served divorce court papers by their spouse.  It is no surprise that, given the current economy or not, cost is a huge concern for people, as it should be.  Costs to be considered are not only financial, but emotional and relational.

When looking at whether or not to litigate divorce, the first difficulty is always to determine how much you can afford to contest the divorce.  In order to understand the costs of divorce, it is important to understand the life of a divorce case and what it entails.

In recently talking to a former judge, he noted that alimony is the area where a judge has the greatest latitude and discretion to decide what, if any, alimony award there will be.  Because there is such great latititude, this is an area where there can be great expense in trying to prove if and what alimony should be.

Please comment, add, refute, clarify or inquire regarding this posting if you are so inclined.  I would love for this to convert to a helpful dialogue and resource.

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1 Response to "Contested Divorce is Expensive"

  1. Paul Waldron, Attorney says:

    I have recently been calculating what it costs a client to go to trial for one day: roughly $5,000! That does not include the cost of a custody evaluator, real estate appraiser, forensic accountant/CPA, or other expert, which should usually be estimated to be $5,000 for the evaluation plus more for the report, trial preparation and time at trial. Wow!!

    I am not advocating that parties should not go to trial, but should definitely be looking at the economics of their their court battle (litigation) vs. what they are really hoping to accomplish in their case.

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