It’s no secret that the costs of a divorce may add up over time. However, being prepared and knowing where these costs are coming from at the start can better prepare you and your finances for the divorce process.
The first fee you will encounter for your divorce is when you file. The New Jersey Court has a $300 fee for filing your papers to officially start the divorce process, also known as the “complaint.” However, if you have kids, there is an additional $25 Parent Education Registration fee.
For divorce, it is required that the person who files alerts the other party to their intent for divorce and gives them the required paperwork. If your spouse is not located nearby, is difficult to reach, is aggressive, etcetera, you may need to hire a process server; their job is to deliver the court papers to your spouse on your behalf.
It will be an additional cost to you outside of the courts. Your documents must be served within 120 days after your complaint has been filed; otherwise, your case will be dismissed, and you’ll need to restart the filing process.
In a divorce that will go through the court system, a New Jersey divorce attorney is needed to represent you and guide you through all matters of the divorce process. An attorney only represents one spouse and will work to attain the most favorable outcome possible for their client. Divorce attorneys will typically charge by the hour and will require an initial retainer fee.
The cost for your divorce attorney’s services will range based on the complexity of your case and the time it takes to resolve the matter. And just like other services, some attorneys may charge more than others. To make sure you’re working with the right, expert attorney, schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
When going through a divorce, you need an experienced and knowledgeable attorney on your side to guide you through the process. The attorneys at the Law Office of Blake W. Rush have more than 16 years of experience representing spouses in both amicable and contested divorces throughout New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. For quality law services at reasonable rates, the Law Office of Blake W. Rush is the firm to turn to.
Give us a call at (903) 713-9800 or visit our website to contact us and learn more about how we can help you.