Cost of Divorce in Indiana. Way back in 2007 the average price for a litigated divorce was estimated at $30,000 per party. The legal community has not released comparable study figures since that time yet, case analyses show the fees can generally range from a low of $8,000 to as high as $133,000, or more.
Attorneys typically charge by the hour. And, when emotions run high, every interaction leads to more hours billed, on both sides. Soon clients focus more on the rising cost of the process than resolving the dispute. This true in every type of dispute, not just divorce.
Philosophy. At The Resolution Center, because we always want clients focused on resolving their disputes, not on watching the clock or the bank account, we view pricing differently:
Accessibility for all. The goal of the fee arrangement is to make services universally available and allow parties to focus on settling the issues rather than worrying about running up a bill.
At the Resolution Center we also believe that success means not only resolving the dispute, but also making sure the renegotiated relationship endures without having to carry a legacy of excessive fees. Every fee agreement at The Resolution Center includes appropriate follow-up services at no additional charge. When loss of trust has led to chronic or acute disputes, it takes time and work to repair the relationship.
Budget pricing. We are aware that no one ever budgets for dispute resolution or a divorce. We work with clients to create the package of services they desire based on the number and complexity of issues in dispute and the input of the conciliators. A formal budget estimate and a time line covering all services is given to clients and included in every services agreement at the front end of every case. Average fees for a TRC divorce range from $2,000 – $18,000 depending on the complexity of issues and range of services needed. Payments of fees can be “pay as you go” at the time of service or the budget can be spread over 3-5 months without interest, with a reconciliation with actual charges in the last month. Clients who chose to use a Solution-Focused Divorce™ package of services benefit from a discounted rate and a cap on fees.
Pro Bono Cases. We want to support all of our clients every step of the way. When clients have a
limited ability to pay for our services, consideration will be given to pro bono services or reduced
Comparison Chart for Conflict Resolution Services in Divorce
|Pro Se||Traditional Attorney||Collaborative Law||TRC|
|Agreements enforceable in court||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Process focused on resolving conflicts||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Sliding scale for fees||✓|
|Parties retain control over key decisions||✓||✓||✓|
|Parties relationships preserved/enhanced for future interactions||✓|
|Conflict coach aids party in expressing self during sessions to communicate top priorities||✓|
|Child and Family Advocate to support parenting decisions||✓|
|Divorce Financial Planner to educate and plan financial decisions||✓||✓|
|Length of Process||Unknown||9 – 24 months||4 – 10 sessions|
|Drafting Fee||$0||Hourly Fee at $200 – $400 per hour||Included|
|Average retainer||$0||$200 – $5,000||$0|
|Average Fee||$ 0 – $100 with internet divorce kit||$200 – $ 400 per hour; support staff at $ 50 – $ 100 per hour/per party||Hourly fees for multiple experts-$100 to $400 per hour .|
Budgeted fees per service per session
|Total Cost Range||$100 to $200||$ 8,200 – $ 133,000 per party. Typical divorce costs$ 10,000 – $ 30,000 per party or $20-$60,000|
$7,000 to $8,000 – per party
$15,000 to $20,000 total.
|$ 2,000 – $18,000 total –both parties included|
|Extra Costs||Filing Fee||Filing fee||Filing Fee||Filing Fee|