How Much Does the Average Divorce Cost in Oregon?
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.
A 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 well-being.
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.