A trial involving a family lawyer is quite costly. The ultimate cost depends on the number of days the test takes and how complicated the case itself is. A good average to think of is that each day of a family law trial costs $10,000 to $15,000. That number is staggering to even think about to just about anyone. There are reasons that they require so much, and there are also ways to lessen that overwhelming number.
Working out problems with your spouse or significant other without involving a lawyer will eliminate the need for these charges. The most common family law trials revolve around custody, spousal support, child support, property and debt division and divorce. All of these items can be agreed upon and figured out before involving a lawyer. While some will require the use of a lawyer to finalize and make the agreement legal, the costs associated with that are drastically reduced if both parties can agree to the terms before sitting down with a lawyer. A significant amount of time spent in family law trials are spend deciding on how the conditions will be agreed upon, so avoiding that will avoid the court costs as well.
Most family law cases will be in court for 5 to 10 business days. That is a staggering amount of time considering the costs associated with each day. There are specific parts of a trial that take time, such as, opening and closing statement, direct and cross-examination of both parties, expert evidence, and direct and cross-examination of witnesses. These things are all crucial parts of any trial and cannot be skipped or looked over. They all come at a cost, however. This does not include custody or property issues that are decided in a court. That takes time, which adds up the value of the trial. If both sides are not agreeing and this portion of the trial drags on, it is adding more money to the overall bill in the end.
A 5-day family trial will cost in the end between $50,000 and $75,000. That would include the days of trial; research is done, preparation of the questions asked to witnesses and cross-examining experts.
A 10-day trial will ultimately cost between $100,000 and $200,000.
Remember that all these costs are estimates. The overall cost could be less, but it could also be more depending on how complicated the case is. Some situations require a multitude of witnesses which adds to the length and cost of the trial. A legal team on a trail does additional research and work also add to the cost.
One final option to reduce the cost of family law cases is to do a summary trial instead of a full-blown trial. Doing a case this way will cost less than half, be much faster and efficient. Having both parties in agreement with this type of case filing is essential to proceeding in this manner.
Family law trials can be costly, time-consuming and mentally exhausting. Working together with your spouse or significant other to get as much agreed upon outside of the lawyer’s office, will benefit everyone involved.
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