Divorces are emotionally and financially costly. However, what they cost in dollars usually depends on the complexity of the case, marriage length, assets, etc. Learn more in this article about what divorces often cost in Illinois, and talk to our Skokie divorce attorney if you need a case review.
Some experts say that Illinois divorces often cost between $10,000 and $15,000. These amounts include legal fees, filing fees, appraisals, and more. However, many divorces cost more or less; everything depends on how complicated and contentious the case is. For example, if child custody issues are involved, the cost can rise to $20,000 or more. When alimony is an issue, a typical/average divorce cost is $19,000.
Generally, the more you and your partner agree on significant divorce issues, the less expensive the divorce. For example, when people can amicably agree on asset division, alimony, and child custody, it is possible to keep legal expenses down. On the other hand, if both parties are going to war with each other and fighting over child custody and alimony, the divorce will probably be costly.
It is possible to reduce the cost of divorce when you do not hire an attorney. The least expensive way to get divorced is at the local courthouse. This will cost you a few hundred dollars in filing fees. Not using an attorney is only viable in the most straightforward and least contentious divorces.
However, many people benefit financially from hiring an attorney to handle their divorce. For example, if your spouse worked and you raised the children, your partner probably has better financial means than you do after the split. You could be entitled to alimony to get a job or obtain training and education for a certain period. If you do not use an attorney, you may not obtain the financial benefits you could have.
If both parties agree about the divorce and asset division, you can have an uncontested divorce. This is an inexpensive divorce that can work in simple cases. Gordon & Perlut, LLC can help you as your attorney in an uncontested divorce and keep legal fees to a minimum.
Another possibility to keep divorce costs down is to try mediation. This is where the spouses work together outside of court to agree on the major divorce issues. Your attorney can advise you during the mediation process to help you address the major topics, including child support, custody, alimony, and property division. Mediation is less expensive than court litigation, and the spouses usually divide the cost.
Divorce can be expensive in Illinois, but hiring a skilled divorce attorney is the best way to have a favorable outcome on your case. While you may be reluctant to spend a lot on an attorney, it could be the best option to have the best financial and emotional outcome for your case. Also, hiring an attorney may ensure you receive more income and assets in the divorce, making it a good financial investment. Contact our Skokie divorce attorney today at Gordon & Perlut, LLC, at (312) 360-0250 for help with your divorce.