How Much Will A Divorce Cost Me?

Contrary to popular belief, divorce does not always have to be expensive. One of the biggest influencing factors in the cost of a divorce is the complexity of your specific case. These complexities come in a few different forms, and each essentially affects how much time needs to be spent on a particular case and therefore how expensive that case will be. Some of these things will be within your control, and others won’t – this is why it is important to reach out and schedule an initial consultation with an attorney. In your initial consultation, our attorneys can go over your specific set of circumstances with you, and they will be able to give you an idea of what your specific case might cost and how to manage those costs.


What will affect the cost of my divorce?


As mentioned, there are several main determining factors that will affect the total cost of your divorce. Some of these include:

  1. The amount of assets involved
  2. Whether or not you have children
  3. How contentious (think conflict) your case is

These factors all increase the complexity of your case and therefore increase the total cost.

How you can keep the cost down?


There are a few ways you can help keep the cost down in your case. The most popular way is to utilize our unbundled legal services, which involves having an attorney help with one specific aspect of your case, such as drafting and reviewing documents for you, offering coaching or legal advice, or communicating with other parties, opposing counsel, and the courts. However, this option is not always a good fit, especially if your case has any of the factors listed above that tend to increase costs. Another way to keep costs down is to work on coming to an amicable agreement with your ex through mediation or arbitration. This will save time and money on going to court and is often easier on your emotional well-being in the end as well.


Every case is different, so it important to speak with an attorney to get a better idea of how much your specific situation will cost and what your options might be. Contact Divorce Matters today to set up an initial consultation with one of our many experienced attorneys who can help put you and your family on the path to a successful future after divorce.

I’m Not Sure I Can Afford An Attorney To Represent Me, Are There Any Other Options?

We understand cost can be a major concern for people when it comes to getting a divorce and hiring an attorney. At Divorce Matters we offer unbundled legal services or limited-scope representation, a type of service that may be able to keep costs down if it is the right fit for your specific case.


What are Unbundled Legal Services?


We like to describe unbundled legal services as a la carte legal services. Instead of hiring an attorney for full-scope representation, you can hire them to handle specific parts of your case or give advice on an as-needed basis. Some examples of unbundled services include document drafting/review, consulting and coaching, or review of settlement offers. Some cases only need limited help from an attorney and in these cases unbundled legal service can be one way to keep costs down.


Difference between full-scope representation and Unbundled Legal Services


Full scope representation is probably what you think of when you think of hiring an attorney traditionally. With full representation your attorney will be there with you throughout the entire divorce process, handling all paperwork, court preparations, scheduling any court appearances and mediations, and representing you at every step. With unbundled services or limited scope representation, you are only hiring an attorney for a specific aspect of your case that you need help with.


How to decide which service is best for you


Every case is different which is why we offer both traditional full scope representation and unbundled legal services. If you only have a few questions about your case or you just need help drafting a document, then unbundled services might be the best option for you and can certainly help keep costs down. If your case is more complex and/or contested then it might be more beneficial for you to consider full representation.


In order to figure out which services fit your situation best, contact us today to speak with one of our many experienced attorneys.

How Do I Pick the Right Attorney For Me?

One of the first questions you might ask yourself when you are searching for an attorney is “how do I know which attorney I’ll work the best with?” or “who will align with me and get me the best results in my case?” This is a very important question to consider because if you and your attorney don’t align then you might not be satisfied with their service or your end result. We never want that to be the case. Here are a few criteria to consider when deciding what attorney to hire to make sure that you and your attorney will be the best fit together.


Personality –

One of the most important factors to consider when deciding on hiring an attorney is how their personality would work with yours. When you are going through a divorce, you will end up sharing some of the most important and private details of your life with your attorney. Finding someone who complements you and can be a good partner is a key component to a successful attorney-client relationship.

Situation –

Another very important factor to consider when finding the right attorney is your specific situation. Every attorney has their strengths and areas of family law they practice more than others. If your case is very complex, you might look for an attorney who has more experience handling complex cases. On the other hand, if your situation is a very emotional one, it might be best to find a more empathetic attorney that you feel you can talk to and connect with for support. Another example would be if there is a lot of contention between you and your ex; in this case, you might be looking for a more aggressive attorney that will fight for you in times that get tense. Every situation is different, therefore it is key to find an attorney that will represent you in the way you need to be represented to achieve the most successful result in the end.

Cost –

Lastly, one thing to always keep in mind is how much you can afford when hiring an attorney. Of course, this always depends on each individual case and what you need the attorney to help you with. One of the most important factors that can affect the cost of your case is how contentious the separation is. If you and your ex can agree on most things through mediation, this will keep costs down compared to a case that goes to court. Another factor is what services you need legal help with. In some cases, you may only need unbundled legal services, but other cases will require full representation.


Finding an attorney with the right mix of personality, experience, and cost to help you with your divorce case is an important step in the divorce process. At Divorce Matters, we understand the importance of this decision. We match our clients with our attorneys based on all of these considerations, to ensure we deliver the best possible legal representation to every client.

If you’d like to get to know more about our attorneys visit their profiles here.

Is It Worth It? The Hidden Costs of DIY Divorce

You or your spouse has made the difficult decision to get divorced. It’s not an easy decision, and everyone arrives at the conclusion for different reasons. But nearly everyone faces the same confusion once they realize they are getting divorced: what to do next?

Do you hire an attorney? What can you expect from having an attorney represent you? What will it cost?

Colorado allows DIY (do it yourself) divorces””legally referred to as pro se proceedings””where parties can represent themselves. Is that the right course?

The answer to that question is different in each case. Some people want””and need””an attorney to navigate the complex divorce process, particularly if they have financial assets, and especially if they have children. Some people prefer to handle everything on their own. Your choice depends entirely on your unique situation. What is in your best interests at this time and in the future?

In these challenging economic times and with the multitude of resources on the Internet, a divorce attorney can seem too expensive to justify. Why pay money when you can handle the divorce on your own and pay only the filing fees?

The reality is that DIY divorces, while permissible in Colorado, are often more financially risky in the long run than the upfront costs of a lawyer.

To be sure, a DIY divorce may be an acceptable alternative in some cases””if your divorce is uncontested, you have few assets, and if there are no children involved. But regardless of your situation, understanding the divorce process, the steps involved, and the potential pitfalls that may arise will help you decide whether an attorney is the right choice for you.

The divorce process is a maze of paperwork and procedures. Each legal document you file affects your legal rights and must be completed properly. Each jurisdiction in Colorado sets its own procedures, so check with the court in your county to understand the process, obtain the proper forms, and get specific filing requirements.

DIY divorces essentially consist of filing numerous documents with the proper court. The first document filed in any divorce case is either a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage or Petition for Legal Separation, either with or without children. What comes next will depend more on your case specifics. Once you file, there are specific time frames in which you have to complete a series of additional tasks, including serving the initial pleadings on your spouse and filing a proper return of service with the Court; participating in a parenting class approved by the court, if you have children; and completing financial disclosures.

If you and your spouse have children and are able to resolve matters and have come to agreements, you will also be required to put those agreements into written forms, commonly called a Separation Agreement and Parenting Plan. Those documents will then need to be approved by the Court.

Because the only expenses involved in a DIY divorce””at first glance””are the filing fees, it may seem an ideal solution. However, if you add a house, other assets, or children to the mix, the process then involves maintenance and support negotiations, child custody and parenting plans, parental rights decisions, and financial decisions, including 401K and investment distribution. Resolving these matters fairly and properly can become difficult when emotions are high.

If you cannot resolve all matters with your spouse, you might have to go to court and have a hearing in front of a judge so the judge can enter an Order resolving your dispute. Therefore, you may end up representing yourself in court, which requires additional knowledge and skills. We’ll cover representing yourself in court and what you need to know later in this blog series. However, pro se parties are held to the same standards as attorneys, so you will need to come prepared with an understanding of the law and the Court’s procedure.

It’s important to know that the divorce process is rife with forms, deadlines, and confusing legal processes, and terms. It’s not an overstatement to say mistakes in completing the forms and managing the deadlines can result in pricey court proceedings to try to “fix” the mistakes. It is common for couples to spend more money trying to fix the mistakes that were made in their DIY divorce than they would have spent had they each hired an attorney at the beginning.

Today, there are many options for divorcing couples who need a lawyer. Many attorneys offer a la carte services, pre-divorce case evaluations, or have service agreements that enable them to provide ongoing counsel and guidance to separating couples.

Whether you “go it alone” or seek support and guidance from legal counsel, a divorce is stressful. Fully understanding your rights, what to expect in the process, and how to make decisions that are best for your particular circumstances will reduce your stress and help you move forward with confidence.

In the next few posts, we will address the most common mistakes made during a DIY divorce to help you understand the process and whether DIY is the right way for you.