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Divorce: How much does it cost?

Divorce, although a personal and emotional decision, brings with it financial implications that cannot be ignored. In Portugal, the costs associated with divorce vary depending on the type of separation. 

In Portugal, the cost of a divorce varies depending on the type and complexity of the process. There are basically two main types of divorce: by mutual consent and without consent.

Divorce by Mutual Consent: The Simplest and Most Effective Way

Divorce by mutual consent arises when both spouses agree to end the marriage and are aligned on major issues, such as division of assets and custody of children. This form of divorce is often preferred as it avoids much of the conflict and emotional strain associated with a contested divorce.

Carried out at the conservatory, this process has a base cost of €280, making it a more affordable option for many couples. However, if there are common assets that need to be shared and registered, the cost may increase.

There are also the costs of fees for the team of lawyers.

Divorce Without Consent: When the Agreement Fails

Not all marriages end amicably. When differences are irreconcilable and there is no consensus on fundamental issues, divorce becomes without consent.

This type of divorce is more complex, as it involves the court intervening to decide on matters on which the couple were unable to reach an agreement.

Divorce without consent is not only more emotionally draining, it is also more financially costly.

The legal costs associated with this process are just one part of the equation. Lawyer fees, which are crucial to representing and defending the interests of each spouse, may vary. These fees depend on several factors, including the complexity of the case and the time the process may take.

It is essential that both parties are well informed and prepared for the potential prices, costs and challenges that a divorce without consent can present.

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Home and Heritage: Dividing the Indivisible

One of the biggest challenges of divorce is the division of assets. The house, often the couple's most valuable asset, is also the source of many disagreements. If there is a joint mortgage, the couple can choose to sell the home and split the proceeds, or one spouse can buy out the other. However, this last option can bring complications, especially if there are associated debts.

Destination of the Family House:

Deciding on a family home can be an emotionally and legally complex process. Fees will reflect the need for negotiation and possibly property valuations.

Relationship of Common Goods and Sharing of Goods:

The division of property, whether jointly owned or acquired during the marriage, can be one of the most complex areas of divorce. Costs will vary depending on the quantity and nature of the goods involved.

Separation of People and Assets

This process, although it does not end the marriage, legally separates the spouses' assets and responsibilities. Fees reflect the complexity of separating assets and liabilities.

Alimony: The Future of Children

When children are involved, the issue of child support becomes paramount. In Portugal, there is no fixed formula to determine this value. It can be agreed between the parties or, in the absence of agreement, fixed by the court. The amount is determined based on the income of both parents and the needs of the children.

Regulation of Parental Responsibilities

This is a crucial aspect in divorces with minor children. Fees may vary depending on the complexity of the situation and the need for mediation or court decisions.

Alimony for Spouses

Determining alimony may require detailed analyzes of both spouses' finances. The associated prices will reflect the time and expertise required to establish a fair deal.

In all these cases, it is important to remember that the price of a lawyer, whether for the first consultation or for monitoring the entire process, can vary widely based on the complexity of the case. Additionally, other costs, such as court fees or mediation costs, may also apply.

To obtain a more accurate estimate of the costs and fees associated with your specific case, it is best to schedule a consultation or contact a family law attorney. This approach will clarify all your doubts and ensure that you are well informed about all the costs involved.

The team is prepared to respond to the needs of its clients anywhere in Portugal. Whether in Lisbon, Porto, Setúbal, Braga, Aveiro, Leiria, Coimbra, Viana do Castelo, Vila Real, Bragança, Viseu, Guarda, Castelo Branco, Santarém, Portalegre, Évora, Beja or Faro, in all districts of Portugal, the Our divorce lawyers are ready to guide and represent their clients in processes related to Family Law. In moments as delicate as a divorce, counting on the expertise and national coverage of is essential for a fair and efficient resolution.

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