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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Uncontested Divorce in New York with Children for Lowered Fee of $499

Divorce may not be pleasant, but it doesn't have to be pricey.

There is a misconception that if you hire an experienced Brooklyn divorce attorney, you're in for a long, protracted war - and that it will cost you doubly if you have children. This notion is what pushes many people into "do-it-yourself" territory, which, unbeknownst to many people may in fact end up costing you more in the long run.

Here's the truth of the matter: Our offices can help you secure an uncontested divorce - with children - for $499 plus court filing fees. That works out to a total of $850. For another $200, you can have the process expedited to completion within a 30-day window. Help with uncontested property division starts at $250.

We understand that not all splits are acrimonious. However, the litigation process is set up to be adversarial, pitting one side against the other. Especially when families with children are involved, a drawn-out divorce is difficult not only for the couple, but the children as well. No one wants that.

When you both agree ahead of time on the key points of contention (child custody arrangements, property division, alimony support), finalizing the process and making it legal does not need to be a further drain on your emotions - or your finances.

On the other hand, keep in mind that a do-it-yourself divorce is often fraught with potential perils that may not only leave you thoroughly unsatisfied, but potentially in need of returning to court. In these "do-over" cases, securing an attorney is advisable. Ultimately, you end up paying twice.

It's true that you can fairly easily find cheap services offering "DIY divorce packages" for even less than what our firm advertises. However, what you're going to find with these types of operations is that you aren't getting any legal advice or review. Oftentimes, there may not even be a single lawyer working at these companies. For those getting a divorce, this is generally not a good idea, no matter how uncomplicated your situation. At a minimum, you want an attorney whom you can trust to review the details of your case and ensure that all necessary financial disclosures are made. And to make sure you aren't setting yourself up for a serious financial pitfall or custody arrangement that is ultimately going to be unsatisfying or potentially even unworkable.

We recognize that more people are going to be looking into these types of services as funding for legal aide has significantly dwindled in recent years. In some areas of the state, low-cost legal aide may only be available in cases of documented domestic violence. Some offices have been forced to take on roughly 40 percent fewer pro bono clients overall, even reducing the number of domestic violence victims they can assist. But using legal aide assistance, of course, assumes you qualify financially in the first place. Many people do not.

That doesn't mean you can't end your marriage in a reasonable amount of time and at a reasonable cost.

If you are contemplating a divorce in New York City, call our offices at (718) 864-2011.

Additional Resources:

Contested versus Uncontested Divorce, Brooklyn Divorce Attorney, 2013, Gilmerlegal.com

More Blog Entries:

 Brooklyn Divorce Lawyers Know Uncontested Divorce Not "Nasty," "Expensive," Sept. 18, 2013, Brooklyn Divorce Lawyer Blog


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