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What Fees Are Involved in a Divorce?

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The costs associated with a divorce include a few separate fees. These are the lawyer fees, the court costs, the filing fees, and any other expenses. Other expenses could be things like transportation costs to and from court hearings and hiring outside experts. Most of the money that you will spend on a divorce is for the lawyer fees.

Cheaper isn’t always better, and while it can be tempting to DIY a divorce to save money, it can cost you much more than money in the long run. Our lawyers can help you understand all of your options and rights when it comes to divorce and make sure that your interests are protected throughout the entire process.

How Much Does a Divorce Lawyer Cost?

The cost of a divorce depends on many factors, including the number of issues to be dealt with, the complexity of your case, the reasonableness (or unreasonableness) of both parties, the experience level of your chosen lawyer, etc. The more experienced your lawyer, the higher their hourly rate. Some straightforward cases can be handled exclusively by junior lawyers under supervision, whereas high conflict or high net worth family cases should be handled by counsel with years of experience dealing with similar cases.

What Can I Do to Make a Divorce Cheaper?

The general rule for divorce costs is the longer the divorce takes, the more you can expect to pay in lawyer fees. This is because most lawyers charge by the hour, and a divorce that takes longer than normal also usually includes more hearings, more time spent interviewing witnesses, and more time spent gathering evidence. If you and your ex can agree on the major points of the divorce, it is likely to be less expensive because it turns what can be a long back-and-forth process into just asking a judge to sign off on the agreement and make it final.

What Happens If I Don’t Have the Money for a Divorce?

If you don’t have the money for a divorce, there may be some options. Short-term loans are sometimes available and can give you the money for a retainer quickly. Friends and family members may also be willing to donate or loan toward the divorce funds. Some people also consider selling large ticket items or taking on another job to pay for the divorce, but it’s important to talk with a lawyer before selling marital property or doing anything that could impact the family finances, as this can affect the divorce proceedings themselves.

If you’re not sure if you can afford a divorce and need to know what your options are, contact our Toronto office at 647-933-2397. We can look at your case and let you know how much your divorce may cost and what options we have for moving forward.

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