When considering a divorce in Arizona, you probably have a lot going through your mind. The cost, regardless of your income, is likely one of those things. You’ve heard stories of long, drawn out and difficult divorces, and you may have heard of amicable ones. You may see some lawyers who offer a divorce for a flat fee, while others require a retainer. Why are there differences in what a lawyer will charge for a divorce in Arizona?
Getting a Divorce in Arizona
Typically divorce lawyers will only charge a flat fee if they are preparing and submitting documents in an uncontested divorce case. This means that the couple has agreed on all the terms of the divorce and the lawyer is handling the legal filing.
In divorce where there are disagreements, spousal maintenance considerations and/or minor children where parenting plans and child support determinations will need to be made, there will most often require a retainer as it is a more complicated case. (A retainer is in essence a deposit of money, or pre-payment for legal fees).
The Cost of Divorce
Legal fees are only one part of the cost of divorce, and can be minimized by parties who agree on the terms of the divorce and negotiate them prior to filing, such as through pre/post nuptials or mediation.
Additional costs can include:
Child Support. Child support from a divorce in Arizona is payable until the youngest child turns 18 years old, or graduates high school (up to age 19), whichever is later. It is based on a specific calculation and can be determined prior to the divorce.
Spousal Maintenance. Alimony, or spousal maintenance can be awarded for several years, or for a lifetime, depending on a number of factors. A non-wage earning spouse may be awarded alimony until they are able to return to the workforce. Because the awarding of spousal maintenance is so unpredictable, the cost is unknown.
Maintaining Separate Households. One of the largest adjustments with a divorce is maintaining separate households. Where combining income, and assets such as furniture happened during the marriage, the separation of that now often means downsizing while also maintaining a safe space for your children. Temporary solutions such as living with friends or family may help with the transition.
Considering a divorce can be a very stressful situation. It can help your stress to have your questions answered and know what you need to do and what you can expect in regards to your divorce in Arizona. With over 29 years of experience, the Simon Law Group will provide a free and confidential consultation when you call 480-745-2450 or click here.
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