Winston-Salem Family Law
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We totally get it. Below are answers to some of our most asked questions. If you don’t get your answer here, fill out the form at the bottom of the page and we’ll respond with the best answer we have.
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1. How long will this process take?
We know this isn’t the answer you’re looking for, but it depends. There are a number of factors that can dictate the amount of time it takes to finalize your case:
- Are the parties willing to work together for an amicable solution?
- Are there any issues a court will need to decide?
- Are financial disclosures easily attenable?
- How heavy are the court dockets?
- Availability of witnesses
- Mediation or another alternative dispute resolution method utilized.
We try to work as quickly as the situation allows while acknowledging there are always unforseen circumstances that slow us down.
2. What can I expect from the initial consultation?
When you come to your initial consultation, an attorney will meet with you to discuss the facts of your specific case.
After hearing your situation, they will give you an overview of what the law outlines for your specific matter and then craft a custom roadmap for your next steps depending upon your goals.
3. Should I bring any documents with me to the initial consultation?
The answer to this question is dependent on where you are in the legal process of your situation.
If there is a current case pending in court, bring all pleadings that have been filed with the court.
If there is not a current case pending, bringing in your tax returns from the last two years along with a list of any assets/debts you have is a great place to start.
And because we want to know you, not just your case, we also love seeing pictures of your children and any pets.
4. How much will this cost?
This is the big question everyone asks. While there’s no set amount, we do know the average cost of an uncontested divorce typically ranges from $2,000 to $5,000.
Included in that amount is the required filing fees, services of process fees, and payment of the attorney’s hourly rate to prepare and finalize the divorce.
Not every divorce is uncontested though. A contested divorce can range from $10,000 to $50,000 (and well beyond that!) depending on the issues being disputed, the resources the parties have to “winning” their objectives, the amount of professionals or experts hired to assist in preparing the case, and how long it takes for the case to be finalized by the court.
5. What increases the cost of case?
The most expensive cases tend to be those that involve contested division of high-value assets and large financial resources, alimony or spousal support issues, or high-conflict personalities.
Divorces involving contested child-related issues can also be much more expensive because they tend to be far more emotional, as the parents involved tend to feel they are fighting to protect their children from a less-than-ideal future with the other parent.
6. Can you help finance these costs?
We offer payment-plan solutions through a third-party lender to ensure of our clients have control over their monthly payment amount and terms. If you need that option, make sure to mention it during your consultation and we’ll give you all the details.
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