Litigating your divorce means that you are going to make court appearances and have the judge decide what happens to your money, property and children. To litigate your divorce from beginning to end can cost between $25,000 and $100,000 per spouse and take 2 to 10 years or more.
Peacemaking is when you and your spouse choose to settle your case without making a single court appearance. If you and your spouse settle your case through peacemaking, the costs from beginning to end in the Pasadena area can range from $3,000 to $35,000 to have it done right. Of course if your case is complex and involves specialists and more time from your professional peacemakers, it can exceed $35,000.
If a couple has already decided on all of the terms of their divorce settlement and just want Amicable Divorce Services to fine-tune those terms and draft their Judgment packet, it has cost as low as $3,000 for that service. Those are relatively simple cases with no complex issues and no other work is required.
Be careful what lawyer you meet with if you have any assets or higher income (over $100,000). Some attorneys would like to see your case being litigated so that they can earn the $100,000 mentioned above going to court on your case instead of settling your case.