Everyone wants to know what the total cost is going to be to get divorced in the State of New Jersey. The reality is it's just an answer that can't be provided and it's not because divorce lawyers are trying to be evasive or sneaky in any way. The reality is we just don't know because your matter is going to be different from anybody else's matter. Your issues are going to be different from anybody else's issues and candidly speaking, we don't yet know all of the factors that need to be known in order to even assess how much it's going to cost.
Here's it for instance; we might have met you at an initial consultation and have a feeling that you would be reasonable-minded and you have an assessment about what the overall issues will be and that you'll be compromising and fair and reasonable in the situation at hand. But what we don't know yet is who the other person is on the other side. Is that person going to come to the settlement table with a like mind? Or is that person going to come and not cooperate? Meaning, they're going to turn a deaf ear or they're going to be unreasonable, and ultimately going to increase extra costs and inflate the expenses just by virtue of the fact that they are difficult to deal with.
What I can tell you is that in the State of New Jersey, lawyers bill on an hourly basis. That means that the more time it takes, the more it ultimately costs. We don't bill on a flat fee and we don't bill on a contingency basis, that means that ultimately I'm not going to get a third of your house when the case is over. Not like in a personal injury matter when an attorney takes one-third or some percentage of the ultimate award.