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What Affects How Much Your Divorce or Custody Case Will Cost?

Unfortunately, divorce not only costs you stress and takes an emotional toll, but it also costs you money. While there is no exact amount that the entire process will cost you, we will go over the typical amount most Utah residents have paid and what factors can affect that price to raise and lower.

Here at Emy A. Cordano, Attorney at Law, our Salt Lake City family law attorney is here to guide you through the steps and strategies to take during this excruciating time in life, which includes the elements that add up to the hours spent on your case.

How do disputes and trials affect the cost of your divorce case?

It takes more time for your divorce attorney to resolve disputes between you and your spouses, such as issues with child support and/or custody, alimony, and division of property and any debts. In fact, 7 out of 10 reported disagreements. And, with more time, more money is involved.

The attorney will first have to spend time gathering evidence, researching, and scheduling depositions, which could require even more time if either spouse does not cooperate and refuses to hand over the necessary documents. If you or your spouse requests temporary custody or support, the attorney will also need more time and money to bring on child custody advisors or to prepare motions or counterclaims and represent you in court hearings.

Other elements that add up to more time and more fees during the divorce process include filing fees, negotiating a settlement agreement, and preparing for a case for a divorce trial. To put things in perspective, an uncontested divorce in Utah averages about $3,000; with disputes interrupting the process, the cost adds another $2,000 on average. And, if the case goes to trial, costs could spike to upwards of $16,000.

How a fault divorce affects the cost of your divorce case?

When you file for a no-fault divorce in Utah, you and your spouse state in the divorce petition that the marriage is “irretrievably broken” or that you both lived separately for at least three years. For a fault divorce, on the other hand, you are accusing your spouse of one of these misconducts listed under Utah law:

  • Adultery
  • Physical or mental abuse
  • Desertion for at least one year
  • Failure to provide you with life’s necessities
  • Habitual drunkenness
  • Conviction of a felony

Your attorney will have to find evidence that proves the misconduct by hiring private investigators and other experts.

How we can help?

We are committed to helping you sort through every aspect of family law, from the protection of your finances and assets to the protection of your children.

With 20 years of experience, the Salt Lake City family law attorney at Emy A. Cordano, Attorney at Law will stand by your side to represent you and protect your rights in all areas of family law, such as divorce, child custody, child support, and more.

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