Divorce is not easy. It is emotionally, mentally and physically draining. Not to mention that it is very costly. But how much does a divorce cost these days?
Well, that’s the question we’ll answer for you below.
How Much Does a Divorce Cost?
There is no exact cost for a divorce. Every situation is different. And many factors determine how much one costs.
But let’s look at some average costs to give you a sense of what you may be looking at.
In 2021, the average cost of divorce was between $10,000 to $15,000.
Filing fees typically range from $75 to over $435 depending on the state where you will file for a divorce.
Divorce Attorney Costs
The average cost of a divorce lawyer is usually around $250 to $270 or more per hour depending on the state.
However, you can also have a divorce without the presence of attorneys. This may save you on your legal bills however, a good divorce attorney is can save you a lot of money and even stress over the long haul.
If your divorce is uncontested or there is no dispute over major issues, then it is less expensive and the process is faster. Uncontested divorce average around $4,100.
When There Are Disputes
However, if your divorce has disputes between you and your partner, then it will definitely be more expensive and will take more time. Disputed divorces average costs are around $10,500.
Divorces where there are child and/or alimony related disputes can range between $15,500 to $16,000.
A divorce that goes to trial for one issue costs $20,379 and two or more issues in a trial cost $23,300.
Factors That Affect the Cost of a Divorce
When dealing with divorce, there are a lot of factors that can affect how much exactly it will cost. Mainly those factors are related to the major issues that you and your partner agree on and disagree on.
Other factors that may affect the overall costs of your divorce include the following:
- Where you are having your divorce (what state)
- Your lawyer and whether you will be using them for the entire divorce or only part of it
- Whether you have children or not
- If there are disputes over child support, child custody, and alimony
- Whether you are doing it yourself or not
- If you are having the divorce online or in-person
- Whether you and your partner agree on major issues
- If the divorce is contested or uncontested
- Whether you need to go to trial or not
As previously mentioned, divorces cost a lot of money. You may be able to save money by ending your marriage amicably with your partner, and file for an uncontested divorce. An uncontested divorce also saves you and your partner from a lot of headaches.
Additionally, divorce is an unfortunate event in our lives that will severely affect not only you and your partner but also some people around you, especially your children. It is not just a pebble or a bump in the road that you can easily move on from.
Aside from the financial impact, going through a divorce is mentally and emotionally taxing.
Again, having a good divorce attorney to counsel you, guide you and fight for your rights is often very much worth the financial cost.