A common question many people have when facing a divorce or custody case is “how much will it cost?”. The horror stories of contentious, expensive divorces can be intimidating, especially to those unfamiliar with the process.

The short answer to the question of how much a divorce will cost is “it depends.” There are a number of factors that influence how quickly a divorce case is settled and how legal fees accumulate. The biggest unknown is the other party’s goals and actions. Unfortunately, if the other party wants to litigate or does not want to settle amicably, the costs can add up.

At Sandoval Family Law, we have been able to finalize divorce cases under $2,500. In this type of scenario, both parties come to the table willing to negotiate and have done their homework ahead of time—meaning they have calculated their assets and debts and have reached a general agreement about how everything should be divided.

However, we have also seen cases in which our party is willing to compromise, but the opposing party isn’t willing to do the same, and the case goes to trial. In these instances, a divorce can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

One way to gauge what your divorce may cost is to do your homework before hiring an attorney. Both parties should walk through what they want the outcome to be and reach a compromise ahead of time. If you can reach general terms of agreement, you can take those terms to your respective attorneys and work on final orders.

At Sandoval Law Firm we understand the stress of dealing with divorce, child custody and domestic violence. Our firm consists of founding attorney Raul Sandoval Jr. and a dedicated support staff. Mr. Sandoval earned his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law. Since that time, he has been practicing family law in the Austin area, as well as teaching seminars, classes and other forms of professional development.