How will I pay for my divorce?

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How will I pay for my divorce?

There are many issues to address in divorce from child support and child custody to division of assets and alimony. But divorce also comes with expenses such as legal fees. Depending on the circumstances, courts may order your estranged spouse to pay for your legal fees.

Courts may order spouse to pay attorney fees for ex

In New Jersey, a spouse may be required to pay divorce fees for the other spouse. Under state law, statute Rule 5: 3-5, a New Jersey family court may order a person to pay legal expenses for the other party when the financial conditions of those involved make it “reasonable and just.”

In making their decisions, courts review the financial capabilities of each party, the fees they incur and a person’s ability to pay these fees. The courts simply do not want a case determined because of a spouse’s financial disadvantage. Fairness plays a big factor in courts doing so.

Fees that may be incurred during divorce could include:

Additionally, spouses may sell off marital assets as ordered by the court if needed to pay for divorce costs. This could include the family home or other marital property such as vacation homes.

Other payment options

Here are some other ways to consider when paying for a divorce:

Your attorney may agree to bill you monthly to spread out payments.

The pending divorce and figuring out how to pay for it represent a one-two punch that hits you emotionally and financially. But you can find solutions. You have options.