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Cheapest Way to Get a Divorce in Seattle?

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Caller asks: 

“I want to know the cheapest form of a divorce.”

Rick answers that the cheapest form is not getting married.

Nevertheless, for us who are already married, he offers a few suggestions on the different pathways to go through a divorce from hiring an attorney to tackling the paperwork alone.

Rick’s Answer:

  • The cheapest way to keep the costs down in a divorce is for the two of you to have your ducks in a row.
  • You need to first resolve all the issues that otherwise you would have in a divorce, such as finances, custody, and child support.
  •  It not a simple task to come to agreement on everything, but if you truly have everything in order, then you have an uncontested divorce.

With a truly uncontested divorce, you have a number of options that range in quality:

First, you can go to an attorney and file an uncontested divorce. The more you have everything in order, the more you are able to keep the costs down with an attorney. This can range anywhere from $1000 to $1500.

Second, if you have an uncontested divorce, you also have the option to go through a paralegal. While they don’t have quite the same quality as a lawyer, they are people who are familiar with the forms and my understanding is that you can get that done for anywhere between $400 and $800.

Lastly, you can figure out how to do it yourself. It is going to take some thought process, learning curve, and elbow grease, but  you can get it done for no more than the filing fee.”

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