The Expenses of Divorce

Posted on July 15th, 2020 in Divorce

Divorce is expensive. But being stuck in a marriage or abusive relationship is much more damaging. While the outright costs of divorce may have you to believe you should stick it out, there are ways you can navigate a Pennsylvania divorce. If you have questions about the expenses of divorce, Attorney Craig Kalinoski is here for you.

Expenses of Divorce

You may be thinking about obvious divorce expenses when you start the divorce process. Alimony, child support, even attorney fees. But there are also longterm costs you may not have initially considered, even if you were the primary income earner in the marriage.

Such costs associated with divorce include:

  • Attorney fees
  • Filing fees
  • Mediation
  • Investigator
  • Estate planning changes including a will, trusts, etc.

In addition to these legal expenses, you also may have to consider the cost to move, actually finding a new place, and more.

While these costs are not meant to deter you from filing for divorce, it is important to know all of the emotional and financial costs associated.

I can’t afford a divorce. What can I do?

So often we hear of individuals staying in unhappy and sometimes even unsafe marriages because they cannot afford to leave their spouse. Or, perhaps one spouse is the primary income earner and has limited the other’s ability to retain finances to get by. No matter your situation, there are ways you can get out of your marriage without breaking the bank.

  • If you are a victim of abuse: If you are being abused by your spouse, time is much more fragile than for others. While you can secure a protection from abuse order, this does not legally separate you from your abuser. However, there is financial aid for divorce for those who are abuse victims through the Legal Services Corporation.
  • Ask an attorney if they complete pro bono work: If there is an attorney you would like to work with, you can ask about their payment options or if they complete pro bono work. However, if you are just looking for a pro bono attorney, the Pennsylvania Bar Association can help pair you with an attorney.
  • Represent yourself: If you cannot afford an attorney and are not having luck finding pro bono services, you can file pro se, meaning on your own behalf. However, if you are not well versed in divorce law, it is always best to meet with an attorney.
  • Go for a free consultation: Most attorneys, including Kalinoski Law Offices, offer a free consultation. Make an appointment and explain your situation, lawyers are often willing to help.

Scranton Divorce Attorney Craig Kalinoski: Divorce Expenses in PA

We know how costly divorce is. But we also know how much a divorce can get you the fresh start you need. Whether you need divorce guidance in the courtroom or in mediation, Attorney Craig Kalinoski is here for you. Contact the lifetime lawyer at Kalinoski Law Offices P.C. today.

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