How much will it cost to file for divorce?
Filing for divorce is a sad moment in any marriage, whether it’s an amicable decision to file or one that comes as a surprise to one partner. Divorce is never the end goal for any couple, but it’s often the result of a marriage that simply doesn’t work. When one or both parties makes the decision to file, there are a myriad of questions they both want to ask. They want to know if there is any way to salvage their marriage, who gets the kids, how long the process takes, and what they’ll pay to file for divorce. The financial aspect is one of the most asked questions regarding divorce.
How Much Does Divorce Cost?
There’s no simple answer to this question. There is no right or wrong fee for a divorce, and it’s all dependent on several factors. Each county in each state imposes a set of fees for divorce filings for specific divorce cases, so the fee to file could be very little or it could be a lot.
– Where you live
– What kind of divorce you want
– How long you’ve been married
– If you have any kids
– What you want from the divorce
– Whether you hire an attorney or file on your own
There is a small fee ranging from very little to several hundred dollars in most states to file your own divorce papers. Those papers can be downloaded online or picked up in person at the local clerk of court’s office. It’s the cheapest way to file for divorce, but it’s a different fee almost everywhere you go. It seems to average around $200, however.
If you decide you want to hire an attorney to file your divorce papers, you’re going to pay significantly more for your divorce to go through. You’ll pay the filing fee on top of the fee you’ll pay to have the attorney get the paperwork in for you. You’ll pay hourly or a set fee depending on the attorney you hire, and it could potentially cost thousands of dollars.
The average rate an attorney charges for divorce cases is around $250. This is how the feel can become so high as you go through the divorce process. The more you fight with your spouse about custody, finances, and other factors associated with the divorce, the more it costs you to end your marriage. If you have the ability to amicably come up with a solution to end your marriage, you can save a lot of money.
The best way to handle a divorce affordably is to come up with paperwork ahead of time separating assets and debts as well as child custody. When both parties agree and need no help from an attorney, it becomes a much more affordable process. You’ll still pay the filing fee and any other fee associated with the divorce. However, hiring an attorney guarantees you understand the process, you understand how it works, and you aren’t going to end up not getting what you want from your divorce.
What kind of divorce should I get if it’s a short-term marriage?
One of the most commonly asked questions about short-term marriages is the type of divorce people should file for when they get married. The widespread belief is shorter marriages are better handled with an annulment than with a divorce, but that’s not how it works. When your marriage is over, it doesn’t matter how long it lasted if you don’t have a reason to file for an annulment. You can be married for three years, three hours, or three days and still get a divorce because you don’t qualify for an annulment. To help you answer your question, here is the breakdown between an annulment and a divorce.
What is an annulment?
An annulment is a way to end a marriage without turning you into a divorcee. You get to end your marriage, but it’s also erased from your life. It doesn’t even count as a marriage once it’s over. You’re not someone who was previously married, and your next spouse gets to be your first spouse all over again.
To file for an annulment, you don’t have to be married a short time. You can be married for decades and still file for an annulment if you realize that your spouse was not honest with you and you were not invited into your marriage under the correct pretenses.
Your Spouse is A Bigamist – You may file for annulment if you realize your spouse is still legally married to someone else at some point following your own marriage.
One of You Was Not Capable of Making the Decision to Marry – If you went to Las Vegas, drank entirely too much and blacked out before making the decision to get married, you may file for an annulment. You must both have the mental capacity to agree to get married to consider it legal.
You Were Duped Into Getting Married – If your spouse tricked you into getting married, you can ask for an annulment. For example, if your spouse told you he wanted kids but then you found out he didn’t want kids after you were already married, you can get an annulment. If your spouse told you she was pregnant and you married her because you thought you were having a baby but later found out you were not, you may ask for an annulment.
You may not ask for an annulment if your partner cheats, abuses you, or because you decided you simply no longer want to be married. You can see that there is no bearing on these rules and the length of time you are married. You can ask for an annulment after a day if you meet the qualifications, and you can ask for an annulment if you find out 60 years later your husband is still married to his first wife.
You can get divorced the day after your wedding if you realize you don’t love this person and don’t want to be married, but you can’t ask for an annulment for this. Ask yourself what the reason is behind wanting to end your marriage after the short-term, and then decide what works best for you. You should also call an attorney to help you get through this process and understand how your decision works in your favor or against you.