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Factors that Can Make Divorce More Expensive

Every divorce is different from the next. Each comes with complicating factors that could influence the length it takes to settle the case. Thus, while divorces vary in terms of how difficult and expensive they can be, there are some factors that will almost always lead to higher costs.

Below are a few examples of those factors:

  • An inability to remain civil: The more you and your spouse can work out important issues like child support and custody, property division and spousal maintenance in an amicable way, the less your divorce will cost you in the long term. If you are constantly in disagreement, you may find that you’ll need to spend more time and money resolving your case.
  • Ongoing child custody battles: Child custody battles are often what make for extremely contentious divorces. Fighting over custody and visitation may lead to more litigation, along with custody evaluations to make recommendations and the need to hire expert witnesses to testify on your behalf.
  • Valuing assets: Certain assets such as businesses, non-marital assets, homes/real property, and certain collections of personal property can require hiring experts to determine the value of the asset. The more experts needed to value the property, the more expensive a divorce proceeding will become.

The attorney you hire will play a considerable role in minimizing the costs of your divorce. To get the sound legal guidance and advice you need as you dissolve your marriage, meet with a dedicated Minnesota divorce attorney at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A.

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  • "Mary from APH Law helped me thru a difficult divorce. She and the entire staff was there for me every step of the way helping me on what to do next. They listened to what I wanted and helped me achieve what matter the most to me in the divorce settlement." - Dana C.

  • "I chose APH after my initial consultation with Mary. I felt my best interest would be represented. The entire process went excellent, the attorneys and staff communicated effectively and efficiently with me throughout the process as they needed to. Being new to the legal process and verbiage, they walked me and talked me through the next steps and the jargon, I felt completely comfortable and represented. I hope I never have to use legal services again but if I do I will call Mary at APH Law and know that I will be taken care of." - Jeff M.

  • "Divorce is a time of emotion and stress. Mary Pfeifer , My lawyer was professional and compassionate. She was very informative through the process. Her insight helped me in my decisions. She worked hard to obtain a settlement which was fair to both parties. Though, I hope I won't need her help again. It is reassuring to know a good person that is willing to help." - Rod S.

  • "I first came to Ms. Jacquelyn Lutz of Appelhof, Pfeifer and Hart in October of 2016. It was definitely the worst time in my life and she compassionately spoke with me about my options. Ms. Lutz thoroughly explained the laws, statutes, process and what to expect going forward. What was supposed to be one case, turned into three intricate cases that took a huge toll on me and my family. Ms. Lutz represented me in court on all three cases with a vast knowledge of the laws and how to proceed accordingly. During all three cases she kept me informed, calm, gave me resources to utilize, and (most important) gave me a realistic view of what may come next. Ms. Lutz knew each case required a great deal of knowledge and creative thinking on how to legally proceed forward with each case. My family and friends are forever grateful for the amazing representation by Ms. Lutz. I highly recommend Ms. Lutz for anyone needing or considering superb representation for any kind of family law. " - M.H.


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