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Why does it cost so much to get a divorce in New Jersey? I have paid my attorney off this year in full. I paid a retainer and paid as proceedings progressed and still owed at the end. We settled out of court and it cost close to $30,000 for a divorce and our civil ceremony only cost $28.

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Answered on Aug 25th, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Why is it expensive?  Because attorneys had to get involved.  If you had been able to decide on your own how to get divorced, in the same manner that you decided on your own to get married, then the cost would not have been so high.  That's why mediation and collaborative divorce can be so much less expensive.   

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Ending a marriage is more than just an emotional process--it's also a legal process. The court must approve your "dissolution of marriage" petition, and will also rule on issues related to the division of property, alimony (also known as spousal support or maintenance), child custody and child support. A divorce or family law attorney can help guide you through the divorce process, while also negotiating with your soon-to-be ex-spouse and his or her divorce lawyer. It's important to note that ethics laws prohibit the same law firm or attorney from representing both spouses in a divorce. Even if your divorce is an amicable one, it's critical to have your own legal representation to ensure that you're treated fairly at all stages of the divorce proceeding.
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