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Understanding the final cost of family law cases

When a Colorado resident enters into a divorce or child custody case, one of the top concerns is how much the process will cost. In some cases, people are surprised at the final tally of expenses, and feel caught off guard with what they are expected to pay for family law legal services. This should never be the case, and spouses are encouraged to take a proactive approach in addressing matters of cost with their attorney.

This process begins by having a series of open and frank conversations about one's concerns about expenses. An attorney can work with a client to reduce costs wherever possible, and can advise spouses on ways to lower legal fees. Taking an aggressive approach to gathering financial documentation and responding quickly to requests for clarification is a great place to begin. Avoiding unnecessary negotiations is another.

When discussing issues of cost, it is important for spouses to understand that there is only so much that they and their attorney will be able to control. If the other party is dead set on dragging the process out or taking an adversarial stance, expenses can rise. There are also cases where issues arise that completely unexpected, and costs can be impacted.

As with so many other things, the best way to address concerns about cost is to discuss the matter in the earliest stages of a family law case. A Colorado attorney who knows that his or her client is concerned about cost can take steps to avoid excessive expense. Open communication can also make it easier to address unexpected issues when they arise, which can make the entire process easier to manage.  

Source:, "The many costs of divorce", Linda Bryant, March 3, 2017

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