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How much does it cost to get a divorce?

Posted by Christopher Holwell | Jun 01, 2017 | 0 Comments

I hear this question on a daily basis. The answer is the same. "It depends." You have to ask yourself, "What kind of divorce do I want?" Most people don't know that there are as many types of divorce that are available. For example, if the parties have nothing that is in dispute, they can file their own divorce and agree to how any property is split up, or how the debt is going to be shared. On the other end of the spectrum, there is the type of divorce that is toxic and the parties are constantly at each other over each and every detail.

So, let's get back to the original question...How much? Well, I will use Cook County as the example. The filing fee for a divorce is $337.00. It is another $60.00 for the sheriff to serve the lawsuit on the other spouse. The fee to file the answer to the divorce petition is $206.00. Those are the "costs" (and may not be the last of them; ie court reporters, subpoena fees, copy fees, etc. ) So what are the attorneys' fees? They vary.  

To start a divorce, our office requires a retainer usually between $2,000 and $3,000 and the hourly rate is $250-$350 per hour depending on which attorney works on your case. This is where, with our guidance, you decide what type of divorce you want. As you can see, it is not cheap to get a divorce. If there is not much to fight about, the cost is much less than if the parties have to fight about things like real estate, retirement accounts, child support, parental allocation and so on. Will our help, we can get you the best result for whatever direction you decide is best.

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About the Author

Christopher Holwell

Christopher W. Holwell Attorney/Principal 9 years with Holwell Group, LLC/Law Offices of Christopher W. Holwell 19 years as a trial attorney for Divorce, Real Estate, Insurance Coverage, and Injury. One of my biggest accomplishments in a divorce case was getting a multi-million dollar settlement from a spouse that was not disclosing several million dollars in assets. In addition, I was able to get the other spouse to fully fund the one child's college education as part of the settlement. Another of my biggest accomplishments in an injury case was procuring a several hundred thousand dollar settlement for my 14-year-old client who suffered a knee injury during an after school athletic program. I was able to get all interested parties to set aside funds for the client's college fund in case his athletic scholarship was affected. I am constantly attending Continuing Legal Education seminars to stay up to date on any changes in the law that might affect any of my clients. My primary areas of practice are Divorce, Family Law, Real Estate, and Insurance Litigation. Most of my clients are concerned with what to do or what not to do when the first come to see me for a consultation or appointment. Their next concern is usually financial; what are they going to do now? How are they going to survive? I tell each client, based on their unique situation, what their options are and what will happen next. I am there for them from start to finish. The best part of my job is doing the work the client is too upset to do. While I understand the emotional roller-coaster clients go through, my experience allows me to step outside the emotion point of view, and use the law and facts to benefit my clients to the best of my ability. I was born in Oak Lawn, Illinois, was raised in Bridgeview up until college and now live in Lake County, Illinois with my family (my wife and three children.) I still have family in Bridgeview, Oak Lawn, and Orland Park. A little-known fact about me is that I love astronomy and anything to do with the stars and planets. In my free time, I tend to read a lot, usually late at night and play with my children and new Newfoundland puppy, Indy (Indiana Jones) I am admitted to practice law in Illinois and all Federal Courts including the Supreme Court of the Untied States of America. I treat my clients like friends. You can reach me at: (312) 648-6115 [email protected] [email protected] Linkedin: Christopher W. Holwell Facebook: Holwell Law Group, LLC


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