San Bernardino County Divorce Costs
San Bernardino County divorce costs can exceed upwards of $20,000. The amount you will spend on your divorce will depend if it is default, contested, or uncontested. Contested divorces cost the most money. This is in large part due to the amount of attorney fees spouses pay to resolve legal issues. Read our tips below on how to save $$$ on your San Bernardino County divorce.
Contested Divorce vs. Uncontested Divorce Attorney Fees
As mentioned above, the amount of money you spend on your divorce will depend on whether it is default, uncontested, or contested. A contested divorce means that the couple has failed to resolve all legal issues relating to their divorce outside of court. The judge must determine how community property will be divded, resolve child support and custody issues, or make a ruling in support of spousal support. An uncontested divorce occcurs when a couple has resolved all issues in dispute pertaining to their divorce.
Contested San Bernardino Divorce Attorney Costs
Contested divorce costs anywhere between $12,000 to $20,000. A spouse is responsible for paying attorney fees, court filing fees, legal expert fees, real estate appraisal fees, and any other related expenses assocaited with the divorce.
Ask your divorce attorney for a breakdown of estimated expenses before you retain their service. Resolving as many issues as possible with your spouse outside of court could save you thousands of dollars in the long term. Use our Divorce Attorney Fee Calculator to see how much your contested divorce may cost.
Uncontested San Bernardino Divorce Attorney Costs
Since there are no issues in dispute, uncontested divorce costs usually range between $1,000 to $5,000. Costs include attorney fees, case filing fees, appraisal fees, and process server fees. An uncontested divorce with children and real property usually costs about $5,000 in attorney fees.
San Bernardino Superior Court Divorce Filing Fee
San Bernardino Superior Court requires each party (the petitioner and respondent) to each pay a case filing fee of $435. That means the parties will spend a combined total of $900 in case filing fees. Review the San Bernardino Superior Court website for more information. Case filing fees change on an annual basis.
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.