How much your divorce will cost may be at the forefront of your mind, but as experienced divorce attorneys, we know that family law cases can be unpredictable. At Terry & deGraauw, P.C., our ABQ divorce attorneyswill help you understand the factors that influence your divorce costs and how you can avoid unnecessary expenses.


How much money you spend will depend on your conduct, as well as that of your spouse. If you and your spouse fight over your assets, you are likely to have a longer and more expensive divorce. Most couples wind up somewhere in the middle, rarely agreeing on every issue but willing to compromise. The type of divorce you have will largely influence the cost:

  • Contested divorces and litigated divorces tend to be the most costly type of divorce. When your divorce case goes to court, it is usually a drawn-out process that requires many hours of attorney preparation. You will also be responsible for court fees.
  • If your divorce is uncontested, you will only need a divorce attorney to prepare your documents, such as your Marital Settlement Agreement and Divorce Decree, significantly saving on your divorce costs. However, you and your spouse must agree on all terms of the divorce.
  • Mediation is an excellent way to avoid a costly divorce. With mediation, you and your spouse will work together and rely on the experience of the mediator who will help you make important decisions about division of property and more.
  • Collaborative divorce also saves on the cost of litigation. Like mediation, you will rely on input from neutral experts to settle your divorce. The only difference is you and your spouse will each have Collaborative lawyers at your sides, looking out for your best interests and also working cooperatively with one another, instead of against one another

You will have a better understanding of our hourly rate after you meet with us during a consultation at our Albuquerque divorce law firm. Our attorneys will determine the necessary retainer at the time of your consultation, based on the complexities and specific issues in your case.


Let our attorneys protect you, your children and your future with legal services that make a difference in your life. To meet with our family law and divorce attorneys in Albuquerque, New Mexico, contact us for a consultation today.