All You Need To Know About the Cost of Collaborative Divorce
If you and your spouse have decided to file for a divorce and want to end your marriage on good terms, getting a collaborative divorce is one of the viable options.
If the term “collaborative divorce” leaves you with more questions than answers, you’re in the right place! We will address all aspects—including the cost of a collaborative divorce—in this article.
A collaborative divorce is a process during which the couple works together to reach an out-of-court divorce settlement. During this type of divorce, a team of professionals will help the spouses define the terms of their divorce and reach a mutually acceptable agreement. Some of the specialists a couple typically needs in a collaborative divorce are:
- Collaborative lawyers
- Financial neutrals
- Communication specialists
- Child specialists (if the couple has children)
The main purpose of a collaborative divorce is to avoid court and have a friendly divorce that won’t cause a lot of emotional distress for the couple.
The average price of a collaborative divorce is typically anywhere between $7,500 and $50,000, but the exact amount differs on a case-to-case basis.
Every specialist on the collaborative team will set their own fee. They will either charge by the hour or impose a flat fee. With a flat-fee model, determining the cost upfront is much easier.
The only way to have a low-cost divorce is to file for an uncontested one. It will significantly reduce the costs that may come with hiring a team of collaborative divorce specialists.
If you and your spouse already agree on every term of your divorce, you may not need a lawyer to guide you through the process.
To reiterate the differences between a collaborative and uncontested divorce even further, we have presented them in the table below:
|Collaborative Divorce—Key Aspects||Uncontested Divorce—Key Aspects|
|In a collaborative divorce, you need to:
||An uncontested divorce requires you to:
Not having all terms of an uncontested divorce figured out is not an issue since you can always settle your differences in a few mediation sessions. Mediation will cost you significantly less than a collaborative divorce.
To meet the qualifying criteria for an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse must:
- Be on the same page about getting a divorce
- Resolve all your financial disagreements
- Meet the state and county residency requirements
- File for divorce on no-fault grounds
After you fulfill the requirements, you should follow the instructions below to file for an uncontested divorce:
- Create a marital settlement agreement to spell out all the divorce terms
- Collect and file all the uncontested divorce papers
- Pay any incurring fees
- Serve your spouse
- Attend a final court hearing
- Hire a lawyer—Having a lawyer draft the agreement can be too costly for most people
- Use online divorce services—Templates online services offer are generic and may not comply with the state-specific divorce laws
- Register for DoNotPay—You can subscribe to DoNotPay and have your document drawn up in record time and for an affordable price
We’ll use our knowledge of the state-specific divorce laws and the information you provide us to draw up a fully customized divorce settlement agreement in a few minutes.
Register for DoNotPay and follow the steps below to create your divorce settlement agreement fast:
- Find the Divorce Settlement Agreement product and open it
- Answer a few questions about your marriage and how you wish to allocate your marital assets
- Indicate whether you need an online notary
After completing the steps, you’ll need to download and sign the document with your spouse. If you choose to get your document notarized with DoNotPay, we’ll set up an online meeting with a notary who will witness the signing over a live video call.
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