A recent study of Philadelphia County divorce cases by Harvard Law School’s Access to Justice Lab is drawing attention to something those of us in the legal world have known for years — getting divorced is overly complicated and too expensive for many people.
The Harvard study found that people who hire an attorney to guide them through the divorce process were 87% more likely to actually get a divorce than people attempting to represent themselves in court. And it’s not that the people who didn’t hire an attorney got back together and decided not to split up. The study randomly divided a group of
Although this study was done in Philadelphia, the problems it identified with the legal system are problems across the entire state of Pennsylvania since divorce law is state law. This is exactly why I take
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During the first meeting I have with a client, which is free, I am upfront about how much I estimate getting divorced will cost them based on what I have learned about their individual situation. How complicated the case is — Does the couple have children? Is there property to divide? Are there retirement accounts to split up? — plays a big factor in this. There is no point in denying the fact that divorce is expensive, but getting a ballpark estimate and saving up or getting on a payment plan is much less intimidating
Part of the reason the divorce process is expensive is
If you are eager to split up, but worried about how much getting divorced will cost, take the first step forward by contacting my office to schedule a free initial consultation. I will be upfront and honest with you, and do the best I can to help you regain your independence.