Riverside County Divorce Costs

Your Riverside County divorce costs will depend on your divorce type: contested divorce vs uncontested divorce. Attorney fees typically make up the majority of the divorce costs.  Read our tips below on how to save $$$ on your Riverside County divorce.

Contested Divorce vs. Uncontested Divorce 

In California, a divorce is either contested or uncontested. A contested divorce means that there are issues regarding the division of community property, child support and custody, or spousal support that a couple cannot come to an agreement on.  An uncontested divorce occcurs when a couple has resolved all issues in dispute pertaining to their divorce.

Contested Riverside Divorce Attorney Costs

Contested divorce costs anywhere between $12,000 to $20,000.

Based on the combined data in our reader survey and attorney study, an average California divorce with a full-scope attorney costs from $12,500 (based on minimum hourly rates) to $15,300 (based on maximum hourly rates). See Divorce in California: How Much Does It Cost? How Long Does It Take?

Costs usually consist of attorney fees, legal expert fees, real estate appraisal fees, and medical exam expenses. Resolving as many issues as possible with your spouse outside of court could save you thousands of dollars in the long term. Most divorce litigators promise the world to their clients when it comes to winning court battles; however, most parties walk away from hearings or trials disatisfied with the court’s ruling. Consider divorce mediation as an alternative to going to trial to resolve issues. Use our Divorce Attorney Fee Calculator to see how much your contested divorce may cost.

Uncontested Riverside Divorce Attorney Costs

Uncontested divorce costs usually consists of the case filing fee, process server fee, and attorney fees. You can expect to pay anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 for an uncontested divorce attorney. An uncontested divorce with children and real property usually costs about $5,000 in attorney fees.

Riverside Superior Court Divorce Filing Fee

In addition to paying attorney fees, the Riverside Superior Court requires each party (the petitioner and respondent — applicable to the respondent if a response is filed) to each pay a case filing fee of $450. That means the parties will spend a combined total of $900 in case filing fees.  Review the Riverside Superior Court Fee Schedule for more information. Case filing fees change on an annual basis.

How Much Does a California Divorce Cost?

SD Esquire Flat Fee Divorce Service

SD Esquire provides flat fee uncontested divorce services. We will prepare the legal documents you need to file for and complete your divorce.  This includes preparing and filling your divorce petition, completing your financial disclsoures, and drafting your marital settlement agreement (MSA). Our uncontested flat fee divorce service starts at $1500 for standard divorce (you are responsible for paying court filling fees).  The fee also includes service of process fees. You can make installment payments as your case progresses. It costs $500 to start your matter. Sign up today to get started.

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