Q: My spouse and I recently have decided to divorce. What expenses should I expect when I’m going through divorce proceedings in Maryland?
It seems like everything costs money these days, and Maryland divorce court is no different. You paid to get married, and you also must fork out some money to get divorced.
Don’t be surprised if you find yourself reaching for your checkbook more often than you might expect. A divorce in Maryland can easily cost a minimum of $10,000, and much more if you have a contested divorce.
A few common costs you can expect to incur in divorce proceedings include:
- Fee for filing for divorce in Maryland
- Costs for obtaining any requested official paperwork regarding your assets, debts, etc.
- Hiring a mediator to help negotiate the divorce settlement
- Hiring a skilled Silver Spring divorce lawyer to protect your rights in the divorce proceedings
If you cannot afford to pay court costs, you might be eligible for a waiver. Ask your attorney for details.
Don’t forget the non-court expenses you will need to pay, too. If you and your spouse are at the beginning of the divorce process, you might still face the expenses of dividing a household.
For example, you likely will need money for rent on a second apartment or house and new furniture (for example, a second bed) for your new place. There also are other little costs for things such as kitchen and bathroom essentials.
If you and your spouse are considering a divorce, talk to an experienced Maryland divorce lawyer at 1-800-875-9700 to get a better idea of what to expect before you make any final decisions.