When preparing to file for divorce, there are some hidden and long term costs that may not be obvious at the beginning of the process. However, these additional expenses can quickly add up and become a huge burden.
This is a fairly broad topic, but moving out of a house into an apartment in the short term or having to pay for things like utilities on your own after splitting the costs for years can suddenly become a huge expense. A security deposit on an apartment, down payment on a new mortgage, new furniture or appliances, and transportation issues along with moving trucks can quickly add up to thousands of dollars. Even if you can find a new home that has a reasonable monthly payment for rent or a mortgage, these additional expenses will be significant.
Shared child custody
Making arrangements for travel or transportation when parents are trying to adhere to a custody plan will cost money. Most people who have limited custody will also want to plan some kind of trip or event when they have free time with their kids, so this will be another factor to consider for the weekends or whatever times you may have custody. Expenses related to daycare, babysitting, after school programs, and other related forms of child care will probably go up as well.
While a standard uncontested divorce may have limited legal fees, it is definitely possible that certain unforeseen issues will become a problem. This requires additional time in court or other forms of negotiation. Most experienced family lawyers will do their best to minimize costs for their clients, but divorce proceedings always have certain unpredictable elements that end up turning into lost time and money.
Family plans are usually the cheapest way per person to obtain insurance and cover healthcare expenses. In most jurisdictions, it is also a legal requirement for children to have some kind of health coverage. Sometimes, only one spouse may have health insurance and they will end up covering the rest of the family while they are married. This means that after a divorce, these plans will need to be scrapped and different kinds of more expensive coverage will need to be purchased.
Child support and alimony
While most people realize that child support and alimony are a common part of the divorce process, the duration and amount of these payments can become absurd in some cases. A child usually needs to receive parental support from a non-custodial parent until they are 18 or finish high school. Some jurisdictions also have laws that allow for alimony payments to become permanent. Your lawyer can give more specific information about the amounts you should expect to pay and how long they will last based on factors such as the age of the children or the length of the marriage.
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