Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a divorce cost?

The exact cost of a divorce is often difficult to determine because the overall cost is dependent on a number of factors (Is the divorce uncontested or contested? Does the other party reside in South Carolina or in another state?  Will the custody of minor children be challenged?).  After a thorough initial consultation your attorney will have a better understanding of your case and will be able to quote you a fee.  The fees charged for an uncontested divorce may start at $1,250 plus the court filing fee. The fees charged for a contested divorce with complex issues may range from $3,300 to $5,000 or more plus the court fees depending on the work involved in your case. At the initial consultation you will be given a more detailed explanation of the fees involved.   Please bear in mind that these fees are subject to change based on the circumstances of your case.

How long does it take to finalize my divorce?

An uncontested divorce can be finalized in three months or less while a contested divorce will generally take six months to a year, and perhaps longer.  The length of each case depends on the issues involved and the availability of time at the courthouse.

What is mediation?

Mediation is a settlement conference with a neutral third party who helps the parties to a family court case reach an agreement regarding their children’s issues, support issues and /or their asset and debt division issues. Mediation is a mandatory process in contested matters.  Successful mediations can help the parties save money and maintain control of how their life decisions will be handled.

What is a Guardian ad Litem (GAL)?

A Guardian at Litem (GAL) is an individual, usually an attorney, appointed by the Court to represent children in family court cases. When custody or visitation is at issue a GAL will perform an in-depth investigation regarding each party’s strength and weaknesses relative to raising a child.  These findings are typically reported to the Court so that the judge may make an informed decision relative to custody and visitation.  The GAL charges a separate fee for his or her service and this fee is typically shared by both parties.

How is child support calculated?

The State of South Carolina uses a formula which takes a variety of factors into consideration. To get a general overview, please try out the child support calculator at http://www.state.sc.us/dss/csed/calculator.htm

How long does it take to finalize my divorce?

An uncontested divorce can be finalized in three months or less while a contested divorce will generally take six months to a year, and perhaps longer.  The length of each case depends on the issues involved and the availability of time at the courthouse.

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Christine M. Howard Family Law Attorney

202 W Stone Ave‎
Greenville, SC 29609
Phone: 864-282-8575
Fax: 864-282-1880
Email: lnorris@christinehoward.com

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