What does a divorce cost? That’s one of the most common questions couples in Colorado ask when they’ve decided to end their marriage. And they’re always surprised when a divorce lawyer tells them that it really depends on several factors, because a lot of people think that divorce has a flat-rate price.
At Kinnaird & Kinnaird, P.C., our divorce lawyers have helped hundreds of couples find common ground, and craft an equitable resolution to all the common issues that can make a divorce so complicated. Here are some things you should know about what elements of a divorce can affect the price you pay for ending your marriage.
Factors That Affect the Cost of a Colorado Divorce
Some of the factors that impact the cost of a divorce in Colorado include:
- Lawyer’s Fees – Make sure you understand what your divorce lawyer’s fees cover, so you don’t have any nasty surprises. For example, some lawyers charge clients for every fax or document that was sent in the case, emails, text messages, and legal research.
- Court Fees – You will have to pay various court costs for filing motions during the divorce. These fees will increase if you and your spouse can’t come to a resolution, and have to go to trial.
- Mediation Fees – Many divorces are contested, which means that couples haven’t been able to resolve the major issues to their satisfaction. In these instances, a family court judge will order mediation to help couples arrive at a resolution.
If you have children, you costs will increase, because it will take more time to agree to issues like parental visitation, parental responsibility, and child support. You may also have to pay for a child custody evaluation that determines which parent should have primary parental responsibility.
Remember also that any issues related to separation of real estate can also increase your divorce costs, because you will have to pay for an inspection and a valuation of the property.
In general, contested divorces are more expensive in Colorado because they take longer to resolve, and more time means more costs, especially if you have to wait for the court docket to free up before a judge can hear your divorce.
Contact a Colorado Divorce Attorney To Help Protect Your Legal Rights
Although divorces can have similar issues and conflict, every divorce is different because the personalities of the couples involved are different. An experienced divorce lawyer understands that each new case requires a keen understanding of the personal dynamics between the divorcing couple to achieve a fair resolution.
If you’re trying to decide which Colorado divorce attorney you should hire, you should choose a law firm that not only has experience, but also has a winning track record. The team at Kinnaird & Kinnaird, P.C., has more than 40 years of total experience helping clients navigate through challenging divorces. Please call us today at 719-520-0003 to schedule your free consultation.