One of the first questions that a potential client typically asks to New Horizons Law, P.A., Michael J. Costantino, Esq. is “How much will my divorce cost?” While this may be a very reasonable question for a potential new client to ask, it is an extremely difficult question for an attorney to provide a reasonable response to due to the large number of variables that figure into determining the true cost of a divorce – or for that matter any type of litigation. It is important to recognize that the cost of a divorce is truly dependent upon the approach that you as the client take when moving forward with obtaining a divorce – as well as how much your spouse desires to contest the divorce.
As you should realize if your divorce will be uncontested, New Horizons Law, P.A., Michael J. Costantino, Esq. should be able to easily provide you with a quote for attorney fees and costs after your consultation. However, a contested divorce will be much more expensive and more difficult to estimate the cost of attorney fees.
At New Horizons Law, P.A., Michael J. Costantino, Esq. realizes that it is necessary to analyze what your objectives are as well as whether those objectives are attainable. Obviously, if your objective is that you receive one hundred percent of the marital assets and your spouse receives one hundred percent of the marital debts – this is more than likely not an attainable result.
There are a few concerns that many clients of New Horizons Law, P.A., Michael J. Costantino, Esq. have when they come to us: 1) What will I receive by going to court as far as dividing our marital property division?; 2) Will I get spousal support and if so, how much? and How long?; 3) Who will get custody of our children?; 4) What will I receive or pay as child support?; and 5) Who will pay my bill for New Horizons Law, P.A., Michael J. Costantino, Esq.?
The amount of legal work which is anticipated for a specific client is dependent on which and how many of these concerns are present as well as how many times we will be required to appear in court. While it is New Horizons Law, P.A., Michael J. Costantino, Esq. experience that contested cases follow a fairly predictable course which includes filing a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage which is a pleading that describes your theory of the case, the facts and issues, as well as the relief which you seek in terms of alimony, custody, child support, division of marital assets, and all other forms of relief you are seeking. Then discovery requests for information are made which include: interrogatories or written questions, requests for documents including records, requests for admissions, and the scheduling of depositions of the opposite party and of non-party witnesses.
It is very important that you work effectively and efficiently with New Horizons Law, P.A., Michael J. Costantino, Esq. as a team in order to attempt to control attorney fees.
Lastly, a consideration that affects the cost of a divorce is whether the opposite sees how well prepared you are, because it may cause them to believe that it cheaper to settle, than to try the case.
Contact New Horizons Law, P.A., Michael J. Costantino, Esq. and we will give you our best answer as to the cost of a divorce.