Your Options When You Can’t Afford a Moorestown Divorce Lawyer

You feel trapped in your marriage, but you can’t afford to pay thousands of dollars for a divorce. You are wondering if you are stuck living unhappily ever after. Fortunately, you have options. A low-cost divorce might be the answer you are looking for.

How to Get Divorced When You Can’t Afford a Divorce Lawyer

A New Jersey couple can expect to spend between $10,000 and $50,000 on a divorce. But if you are struggling to pay the bills, $10,000 simply isn’t in your budget. However, divorce doesn’t have to be this expensive. There are several ways to make divorce affordable.

Prepare for Your Visit

You can save money on attorney fees by working out the details of your divorce before you talk to divorce attorney. Make a list of your family’s assets and debts. Decide how the assets and debts will be divided. Discuss your plans for child custody, support and alimony.  The more that you and your spouse can agree on ahead of time, the less the attorney will have to do, and the less you can expect to pay.

Flat Fee Divorce

A flat fee divorce allows spouses to budget for a divorce. The couple pays a one-time fee for the services of the law firm. This fee covers all costs related to the divorce, including attorney fees, document preparation, filing fees, and court fees. The attorney takes care of all aspects of the divorce without any additional cost to the client; there no surprises. Because every divorce is different, the flat fee will vary depending on the circumstances of the divorce.

Divorce Mediation

If you and your spouse get along, but still need help with the details of your divorce, mediation may be an option.  A trained mediator will guide you through the divorce process and help you make all the decisions needed to end your marriage. It is possible to divorce through mediation for as little as $1,500.

Attorney-Reviewed Divorce

If neither flat fee divorce nor mediation are an option, you may want to consider an attorney-reviewed divorce.  Flash Divorce guides couples through the completion of all the forms needed to file for divorce in New Jersey. The forms are then reviewed by an experienced attorney.  Once the forms are approved, you submit them to the court.  Court approval is guaranteed. An attorney-reviewed divorce can cost as little as $200 plus court fees.

These services aren’t for everyone. If your spouse is uncooperative, or if you are in a potentially abusive situation, you may need a lawyer for your divorce. Legal Services of New Jersey provides legal assistance to low-income residents at little or no cost. Visit their website for more information.

No one should have to stay in an unhappy marriage. To learn more about your options for divorce, please call Melinda M. Previtera, Attorney at Law at (201) 655-7204.