How much does a divorce cost? I’m Tulsa divorce attorney James Wirth, and that’s the question that we have. How much does it cost to get divorced?
And unfortunately, that is not a real simple question to answer, but I can provide some information for that. So, first off, in a divorce, you’re not required to have an attorney. It may make sense for you to have an attorney.
It may be a good idea to have an attorney, but no law requires you to have an attorney. Anybody can represent themselves in court if they have the ability to do that. So that’s the first thing, are you don’t have to pay for an attorney. If you know how to go through those processes and draft the paperwork.
The downside is that’s not really easy to do and even, under those circumstances, there are still court costs. So at least in Oklahoma, if you’re divorcing and need one sum as a server on the other side, the typical filing fee right now is $272 and 14 cents.
And that’s just the cost to get it filled and to have that summons. If you’re going to serve that summons on the other side, you can do that through certified mail, which costs a little bit more money. You can do it through a process server.
Process servers generally charge somewhere between $50 and $100 and in more difficult cases, even more than that. So those are the basic costs.
If you put on a hearing you’re going to want to have a court reporter present for that. The court reporter charges a fee it’s generally $20.
If you want to buy that transcript, they charge by the page. I think it’s three and a half dollars per page for the transcript. So those are some of the costs to expect. If you go to mediation, the mediator is going to charge a fee unless it’s a volunteer mediator, but that’s the general idea on that.
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