Written By: Ann Conway
Divorce can be a complicated and emotionally taxing process, and it can also be costly. The cost of the divorce depends on 2 factors.
- What divorce process you choose – In New Hampshire, there are several divorce process options: Litigation, Mediation, and Collaborative Divorce. Each option has its own benefits and costs, so it is important to understand the differences before deciding on the best option for you.
- How much do you want to fight? – The more you fight over the issues in your divorce case the higher the cost of the divorce. When the two sides can’t agree on issues such as child custody and division of property, it means that you will need to go the litigation route.
Litigation – Going to Court
Litigation is the traditional method of resolving a divorce in which both parties hire lawyers to represent them in court. This is often the most expensive option due to the high costs of attorney fees, expert testimony, and court fees. In addition, litigation can be a lengthy process, with the average divorce in New Hampshire taking approximately one year to complete. The adversarial nature of litigation can also add to the emotional toll of the divorce, as both parties are pitted against each other in court. One of the important questions to ask is whether the fight is worth how much the divorce will end up costing?
Mediation – Working with a neutral 3rd party
Mediation is a less expensive and less adversarial option for divorce proceedings. In mediation, a neutral third party, known as a mediator, helps you and your spouse to negotiate and reach an agreement on issues such as property division, child custody, and support. Mediation can be completed in a shorter time frame than litigation, often taking only a few months. It is important to note that you should hire your own attorneys to advise you throughout the process. The mediator cannot give legal advice and recommendations, that is why you need your own attorney.
Collaborative Divorce – A Team Approach
Collaborative Divorce combines the benefits of mediation with the expertise of attorneys. In collaborative divorce, both parties and their respective attorneys work together along with a financial expert and a communication coach to reach an agreement outside of court. This process is less adversarial than litigation and with the advice of the divorce team you and your spouse can reach an agreement that is best suited for your family. Collaborative Divorce is usually less expensive and will be resolved in less time than the litigation route.
Overall, the cost of a divorce in New Hampshire can vary greatly depending on the method chosen. Litigation is often the most expensive option due to attorney fees and court fees, while mediation and collaborative divorce can be less expensive and less adversarial. It is important to carefully consider the benefits and drawbacks of each option and to consult with a family law attorney with experience in Collaborative Divorce and Mediation as well as Litigation.
Ann’s office is located at 99 Pine Hill Road, Nashua, NH 03063. Her office number is 603-321-0087.
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