Getting Started with a Divorce

Are you struggling to get started with the divorce process? Contact New Jersey Divorce Attorney Brian Freeman for experienced council.

Evaluating Divorce Attorneys

The most common thing individuals ask when they contact me about a divorce consultation is, “What should I be looking for in terms of retaining an attorney?” In my opinion, that’s probably the most important decision you’re going to make – maybe in your entire life. First, you have to make sure the attorney you choose is qualified. Number two, be sure you can get along with that attorney. Number three, you must be able to contact that attorney and have questions answered in a reasonable fashion.

That doesn’t mean you will be able to reach out to your attorney as if they’re on speed dial because, obviously, attorneys have other cases and they have to spend time with other clients. You should reasonably expect to receive a return phone call within a day. When you call, your questions should be answered so that you understand what you need to know in order to pursue your matter.

Divorce First Step

The most important step – and the first step in your divorce process – is to do the appropriate research and select an attorney to represent you. It’s important to realize that this involves more than just knowing whether an attorney is knowledgeable in the area, although that is certainly very important. You must make sure that you and the attorney with whom you decide to work have a rapport where you can easily and confidently talk to the attorney. Not only that, but you must be sure that you understand what the attorney is telling you. In other words, choose someone who can speak plain English to you, so that you fully understand and know how to proceed.

Cost of a Divorce

The cost of divorce in New Jersey varies, so it is almost impossible to provide an exact price, unless the divorce is uncontested and there are no assets, no children, and no issues.

A divorce with high assets, home ownership, or children doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive if the parties can come to an agreement in the beginning stages, or even before they get divorced.

The cost of an uncontested divorce in New Jersey will typically start around $1,500.00, plus the filing fee.

If the divorce is contested and there are assets and issues such as custody and child support, the initial retainer could range from $3,500.00 to $5,000.00, or more depending on the particular circumstances.

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Are you struggling to get started with the divorce process? If you have any more questions contact New Jersey Divorce Attorney Brian Freeman for experienced council.