Like many things in life, divorce isn’t cheap. The process of dividing
one household into two requires significant work, which can be costly.
There are many expenses to consider, including legal fees, attorney fees,
and the personal costs associated with a divorce.
The more complex and contested your divorce, the more it will cost. You
should have a plan in place to help you deal with these additional short
and long-term costs.
Here’s what you can expect an average divorce to cost in Oregon:
- You must pay a fee to file a divorce petition (paid by the petitioner)
- You may have to pay a fee to serve your spouse with divorce papers (paid
by the petitioner)
- Responding to a divorce summons also requires a fee (paid by the respondent)
- Both parties will incur attorney fees, within a range of $200 and $550 per hour
- Trial fees if your case goes to trial (paid by the petitioner)
- You may be charged additional fees if a motion is filed with the court
or when you file a response
- Depending on the details of your case, you may also be responsible for
mediator fees, copying and telephone charges, computer research charges,
fees for experts, parenting evaluator fees, and other expenses.
- Living expenses can increase during this period of transition as you and
your former spouse take on the cost of living separately and maintaining
two separate households.
full schedule of the court fees related to divorce is available on the Oregon State Family Court website.
If you cannot afford to pay court fees, you may be eligible for a fee waiver
or deferment with proof of hardship. To learn more about
fee waivers/deferments in family law cases, information is provided on the Oregon State Family Court website.
How to keep costs down
Work with a high quality, experienced attorney who can protect your assets
and achieve favorable results for spousal support or child support payments.
Attempting to cut costs by handling a divorce on your own or hiring an
inexperienced attorney can actually cost more in the long run, due to
costly mistakes and uninformed decisions that can impact your future financial
Those who wish to cut costs are advised to work with their spouses and
the attorneys in a professional manner to come up with solutions and reduce
conflict, rather than feeling the need to fight over every aspect of their
case. This will go a long way in resolving your case more quickly, which
will reduce costs. This can also eliminate the need for litigation, which
can be an expensive and time-consuming process.
Questions? McKinley Irvin is available to help. We invite you to contact
our firm and we will put you in touch with the member of our team best
suited to handle your case.
Call our Portland office at (503) 395-0244 to get started.