This is a question that most clients or prospective clients ask, and one that is extremely difficult to answer because each and every case that the firm handles is different. Some clients enter my door with the outline of an agreement with their spouse in their hand, and others enter my door looking for a resolution that is polar opposite from that which their spouse desires. Robert E. Hornberger, Esq., P.C. is committed to keeping its fees affordable for Long Islanders like you and to ensuring that you receive the representation that you expect and deserve. Therefore, the answer to the question “how much does a divorce cost” is not as simple as you may think because it is impossible to know the total cost without knowing the specifics of your case and which type of divorce resolution methodology you are seeking.
Your attorney’s role is to gather information to guide you to help you make the best decisions for you and your future and to protect your interests. Ultimately, the decision of how long it takes to settle your case falls on you and your spouse. The sooner that happens, the lower your cost will be.
What it comes down to is how long is it going to take to resolve your case? The more you and your spouse can agree upon, the shorter the duration of your case and the less it will cost for your divorce. The more issues you and your spouse cannot agree upon and ‘fight’ over, the more time your attorney will be required to spend on you case, the longer it will take to settle and therefore, the more it will cost.
In most cases, no. While you may find other attorneys advertising a $450 or $399 divorce, what these attorneys may not be telling you is that you qualify for the $450 or $399 divorce if and only if you and your spouse have no issues or disagreements regarding your children, including custody and support; property distribution, including which one of you keeps your home; or spousal maintenance, and are looking for an uncontested divorce. What this means is that you and your spouse are willing to waive any and all claims you may have against each other in your divorce proceeding, including property distribution and any type of financial support. And, the $450 or $399 divorce requires that your spouse willingly and voluntarily executes any and all documents necessary to submit your divorce to the Court. if your spouse will not sign the paperwork, you will be required to enter a new retainer agreement with any law firm to handle your divorce on a contested basis, which means that you and your spouse do not agree on the terms of a resolution. A contested divorce will be charged at an hourly rate which will greatly exceed the alleged $450 or $399. Therefore, even if you are willing to waive any and all claims you may have in your divorce, your spouse may not be, and without mutual consent, the $450 or $399 divorce is not possible.
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