The financial impact of divorce varies from state to state. In Indiana, divorce can be a relatively simple and cheap procedure; however, if the parties disagree on any of the major provisions of the divorce decree, the courts must hear the matter and make a decision.
Court Filing Fees
The cost of filing for divorce in Indiana varies by county, according to the Indiana Justice Center. In most counties, the filing fee is between $132 and $152 as of 2011. If you cannot afford the filing fee, you can ask the court to waive part or all of the fee at the time of filing. Most Indiana courts do not accept credit cards for payment of fees, including court filing fees.
In Indiana, some counties require parents who are divorcing to attend parenting classes. The fees for these classes vary by location. In some counties, parenting classes are free, while in other counties they may cost between $50 and $100. As with filing fees, you can ask the court to waive the class fees if you cannot afford to pay them.
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Most attorneys in Indiana charge by the hour for divorce proceedings. Thus, if your divorce is complicated or takes a long time, you may end up with a bill for thousands of dollars, while a simple divorce may cost you only a few hundred dollars. Since Indiana has a "no fault" law, your spouse cannot tie up the courts trying to prove that the divorce is unjustified, but divorce can still be complicated by other factors, such as custody battles.
Length of Time
You can get your divorce finalized in as little as 60 days after you first file. If you and your spouse agree on the divorce terms, you may file without the aid of an attorney, thus saving money. If you and your spouse disagree about custody or division of property, the court will schedule a hearing on the matter. This can take time and cost you in expensive attorney fees.