The average cost of a divorce in Arizona is $20,000. This is the cost to have a lawyer litigate your divorce. The costs of divorce with a lawyer can range anywhere from $15,000 to $100,000 per spouse when including fees for expert witnesses. Hiring a divorce lawyer in Arizona, especially Phoenix or Scottsdale, can cost as much as $550 per hour. If you are looking for cheaper options, the average divorce cost without a lawyer is $577. Collaborative divorce can also be a more affordable option with costs around $10,000 per spouse. *Disclaimer – These fees are always changing, and this is not an actual quote. If you need an experienced divorce lawyer contact Moshier Law Group to start your initial consultation.
Additional Costs Of Divorce In Arizona
In Maricopa County, the cost to file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is $349. When filing their response, the responding party must pay a fee of $279 when they tender a decree of consent for the approval of the court. There may be additional fees and charges for the following:
- Attorney Fees
- Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims
- Monthly Child Support
- Monthly Spousal Maintenance
- The Division of Debt and Property
- Waste Claims For Reimbursement
- And more.
Obtaining a divorce in Arizona is often a costly experience when people do not use collaborative law. Undoubtedly, a contested divorce where proceedings are protracted is more expensive than an uncontested divorce. Although rates are not set, it is possible to get an approximate cost based on historical averages of what is spent on cases by divorcees. Some estimates suggest the average divorce case can cost in excess of the price of a new car. Generally, most people do not spend more than $10,000 per partner. Most people do not realize right away that costs will not only depend on the fees from your attorney but from other expenses as well. Divorces that go to trial will also have additional third-party expenses for things like:
- Business Appraiser
- Forensic Accountants
- Child Custody Evaluation
- Parent Information Program Class
- Private Mediation Fees (if needed)
- And more.
How Much Does A Divorce Lawyer Cost In Arizona?
As an example, here are details about the average cost of a divorce lawyer in Scottsdale. In the Scottsdale area, family lawyers charge between $250 to $550 per hour as an average. If you want a lawyer with a wealth of experience, this can run up to $400 to $750 per hour. There may also be other fees for services like:
- Drafting Letters
- Printing Documents
- Travel Time
- And more.
After attorneys there may be other costs you will be expected to pay should they be required. Examples would include:
- Outside Expert Witnesses
- Mental Health Expert Services
- Real Estate Appraisers
- Business Accountant Services
- And more.
Of course not all divorce cases need expert witnesses or expert reports. The expert fees can be meaningful however if two people with significant real property or shared business get a divorce. When including expert fees the total cost of some divorces can range from $25,000 to $100,000 per spouse. Learn more about Divorce In Arizona
Of course, not all divorce cases need expert witnesses or expert reports. The expert fees can be meaningful however if two people with significant real property or shared business get a divorce. When including expert fees, the total cost of some divorces can range from $25,000 to $100,000 per spouse. Learn more about Divorce In Arizona
According to Nolo, consumers who went to trial for divorce spent about $19.600 in total costs with $15,800 in divorce attorney fees. On the other hand, consumers who settled their issues only spent about $14,500 in total costs with only $12,200 spent on attorney fees. Consumers reported spending about $250 per hour to hire a divorce attorney. The average divorce took about 10.7 months to complete.
How Much Does An Uncontested Divorce Cost in Arizona?
If certain conditions are met, divorces do not go to trial. If the material terms of the separation are agreed upon by the divorcing spouses, or if one spouse chooses not to contest the divorce, then the case does not have to go to trial. Accordingly, the costs will be far less. A Petition for Dissolution of Marriage can be filed at the court by the divorcing couple. Depending on the county, the court will charge between $300 and $400 in filing fees – thus making the average cost of an uncontested divorce around $620 in Arizona, not inclusive of attorney or lawyer fees. If the two parties amicably divorce at this point and assuming they can paper their own divorce, only court fees will have to be paid. If legal assistance is required by the couple, legal fees will be charged by the hour. Some couples prefer to hire a mediator and legal counsel. Mediators usually charge rates that are like those of attorneys. All things considered; the uncontested divorce fees are far less in comparison to the cost of litigation that is contested. If you are planning a divorce, an amicable separation from your spouse is the way to go. Otherwise, you will have to be willing to pay considerably more for lawyers to handle the situation. *This information is not intended to be legal advice. You can contact Moshier Law Group today to learn more about your unique situation.
How Much Does Collaborative Divorce Cost in Arizona?
The average cost of a collaborative divorce in Arizona is $7,500. The average cost of collaborative divorce according to Equitable Mediation is about $5,000 to $10,000. That said, Moshier Law Group has gone through many divorce collaborations costing far less than $10,000 in legal fees per spouse. This is far removed from the costs of contested litigation in the court that can often rack up costs of tens of thousands of dollars per spouse. Collaborative Divorce in Arizona
The average costs of divorce mediation in Arizona are $7,500. Divorce mediation costs in Arizona ranged from $5,000 to $10,000 in 2019.
Need an Affordable Divorce lawyer in Scottsdale?
The Moshier Law Group should be your choice when you need the best divorce lawyer in Scottsdale. Our experienced family law attorneys will work with you to obtain the best possible outcome in your situation. Proven trial lawyers in family court, you can trust the Moshier Law Group to represent you fully so you can get on with your life. Call today for your initial consultation.
Arizona Divorce Attorney Fees
One party in a divorce may petition to their appointed judge, to direct the payment of that party’s attorney fees, by the other. The court can order attorneys’ fees paid when each party is represented by counsel, or when the party is requested to pay was not represented. This part is important — unintended delays and errors and caused by the pro se litigant can end in the award of the other party’s legal fees sustained in having to deal with those oversights.
In the state of Arizona, A.R.S. § 25-324 permits for payment of attorneys’ fees in divorce cases. In some instances, the court has authority to grant attorneys’ fees against a party.
In determining an award fee, the court impartially evaluates the validity of both parties’ legal positions throughout the divorce proceedings. The personal intentions of the spouse being petitioned to pay is not a factor in the court’s decision. Nor is the party’s lack of understanding of family law court proceedings, divorce law, and local regulations. The court will take into account the financial means of each party, not just those of the party is requested to pay. Additionally, the court will examine the parties’ financial differences, the individual fees owed in comparison to each party’s assets, and so forth.
In three different circumstances, the court “shall” award attorneys’ fees against a party:
- The party filed the petition in bad faith.
- The party’s petition was filed for a “subjective purpose, such as to harass the other party, to cause a needless delay or to increase the cost of litigation to the other party.”
- The party’s request wasn’t grounded in the fact or in law.
Along with the attorneys’ fees, the court may also grant deposition fees and other expenses incurred in litigation and following any appeal. If the court determines that the money gets paid directly to the asking party’s attorney, then the order will be enforced by that attorney.
“Attorney Fees and Costs in Divorce.” Stewart Law Group, www.arizonalawgroup.com/arizona-divorce/attorney-fees-costs-divorce/.
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