Divorce is an extremely tough time for both spouses. You may experience feelings of sadness, betrayal, fear, depression, rage, confusion, and resignation – sometimes all on the same day! This level of heightened emotions and the fact that you cannot possibly be objective about your case hinders your better judgment. If you are thinking of representing yourself, you need to be aware that your emotional state may prevent you from making wise decisions about the future. Very few people have had the time or the willingness to work through their emotions about their soon-to-be ex-spouse during the divorce process, which will have a negative effect on their ability to work productively with the other side to resolve important matters. Hiring a divorce lawyer ensures that your case is done well and accurately. Hiring a lawyer for your divorce will result in you saving hundreds to thousands of dollars.
We have found that over 55% of first time marriages in America result in divorce and over 70% of people getting married for the second time, also end in divorce. These divorce statistics are similar in other developed nations. The U.S. Census Bureau found that divorce rates for most age groups have been dropping since 1996.
How Much Does Divorce Cost in California?
The average cost of divorce in California is approximately $17,300 but this varies widely based on six factors: the type of divorce, filing fees, copying and notary costs, how the papers are served and whether attorneys or specialists are hired. For couples who agree on everything, have no children and don’t hire attorneys, the average cost is $355 to $435. If you’re curious about local court fees, here are the filing fees to file for a divorce in Los Angeles. However, if you cannot afford the fees, you can apply for a fee waiver.
Interesting Divorce Facts
- It is common for many ex-husbands and ex-wives to end up filing for bankruptcy.
- In January numbers for divorce cases shoot up and remain that way through March.
- It is an unfortunate fact these days, where there is marriage; there is also a 50% chance of divorce. This applies to heterosexual and gay marriage.
- Legally, you cannot end your marital status until at least 6 months after the case is filed and the respondent has been served with a copy of the petitioner’s paperwork.
- In America there is one divorce approximately every 36 seconds. That’s nearly 2,400 divorces per day, 16,800 divorces per week and 876,000 divorces a year.
In serious divorce cases involving many financial or property disputes it is by far in your best interest to hire a divorce lawyer.