How much does it cost for a divorce? 38 Answers as of July 02, 2013

How much for a divorce?

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Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser
Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser | Donald F. Conviser
The filing fee is approximately $400, but that fee is subject to periodicincreases. If you represent yourself, you will have little or no additional expenses. To determine how much a Family Law Attorney charges, you should interview local Family Law Attorneys, who generally charge by the hour of services rendered.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/9/2012
Dunnings Law Firm
Dunnings Law Firm | Steven Dunnings
Depends on how involved it will be. Are there going to be issues about division of property and debt? Are there children? Are custody and parenting time going to be issues you can't agree upon? Is child support going to be an issue? Is spousal support going to be sought?
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 7/2/2013
Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
Cost is always an important question for a client looking to get a divorce. Unfortunately, there is no way to give you a solid answer. The cost will depend on so many factors that are as yet unknown that any lawyer that gives you a cost is either just guessing or offering a "fixed cost" also known as a Flat Fee. The problem with Flat Fees is that the lawyer has to make a choice, set the fee high enough that he or she is covered if the case goes awry, or figure out how to make the case stay within budget. What I can tell you is the basics. There is a filing fee (usually $270-300). The filing fee is paid to the court. Other cost you may expect, again this depends on the case include: Issuance of Citation and Issuance of Notice if required, the Court cost for these items is generally about $10 each; service of process varies depending on location plan $75-100 if it is required; as your case proceeds, you may find a need for a private investigator and that cost is very difficult to calculate and depends on what is needed (surveillance, skip tracing, asset searches, etc.); the Court may require social studies, DNA testing, Home studies, and in extreme cases, appointment of an attorney ad litem for the children - again these cost vary and are not in every case, but this is cost that could pop up depending on the circumstances of the parties. All of the cost quoted above are just court cost, no attorney's fees, no copy charges, no consideration for closing documents, etc. Closing documents would be things like the Austin Form, Withholding Orders, Medical Support Orders, Deeds of Trust to Secure Assumption on real property, or Special Warranty Deeds for the house, and Power of Attorney for transferring vehicles, not to mention a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) for each 401K, SEP Plan or Defined Retirement plan (QDROs cost $400 each at my firm, we send them out to a firm in Houston with a lot of experience in preparing them - $400 each is our cost). Finally, the "cost" quoted above does not include any attorney's fees for doing the work, this is just a list of things that you will or may have to pay to the Court or third parties. Attorney's fees will vary according to the Attorney/Firm billing rate and the amount of time required to complete you case. In a simple case with kids, plan at least 3 hours for drafting pleadings and a proposed decree. Assuming your spouse simply signs the proposed decree with no questions or concerns, there is another hour of drafting basic closing documents (this number can easily triple if there are assets to deal with) and an hour to prepare the final Orders and present the prove-up to the Judge. Minimum attorney time is 5 hours, up to 10 hours and this is for a simple case. Add in any hurt feelings, issues that you or your spouse want to fight over, another attorney, temporary orders, or custody issues and the limit is how long each of you can hold out for the fight. All is not as bad as this answer may make it seem. Please note, I am trying to answer the question you asked. Look at the questions I have already answered regarding Contested vs. Uncontested divorce. If you have the makings for an uncontested divorce, the cost is substantially cut - it is the "simple divorce" I am talking about above and many attorneys will handle those on a fixed/flat cost.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 1/8/2012
Bruning & Associates, PC
Bruning & Associates, PC | Kevin Bruning
Generally, divorce attorneys charge on an hourly basis. The facts and circumstances of the family situation can cause the divorce to be more or less expensive. A truly uncontested divorce will cost approximately $2,500 at my firm. However, these types of cases are rare.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 1/8/2012
Ashman Law Office
Ashman Law Office | Glen Edward Ashman
Anywhere from a few hundred dollars to hundreds of thousands, depending on whether the case is contested or not, whether you have children, your debts and assets, and where the parties live, all details you did not provide.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 1/8/2012
    Law Office of Angela M. Riccio | Angela M. Riccio
    The cost of a divorce depends significantly on the issues involved and if those issues are contested by the parties. You may consider contacting a few attorneys to get an idea of what costs and attorneys fees might be anticipated depending on the circumstances of your case.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 1/8/2012
    The Law Offices of Laura A. Walker | Laura A. Walker
    It depends on the complexity of the divorce ; average in Kenosha county is probably around 8 to 9 thousand dollars.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 1/8/2012
    The Law Office of Erin Farley
    The Law Office of Erin Farley | Erin Farley
    Depends on your circumstances, how easily you two can come to settlement, and whether attorneys are involved. The filing fee is $395.00.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/7/2012
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
    It isn't possible to give a precise answer to your question without know much more about what the case will involve. The best estimate without full information is that lawyer fees would be anywhere from about $1500 to $10,000. The court filing fee in Colorado is between $150 and $250 depending on whether there are child ren involved.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 1/7/2012
    Diefer Law Group, P.C.
    Diefer Law Group, P.C. | Abel Fernandez
    The filing fees are about $400. If you hire an attorney, the costs will vary. Every attorney charges different fees.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/7/2012
    Law Office of Joan M. Canavan | Joan Canavan
    It is very difficult to estimate the cost of a divorce. Many factors need to be taken into consideration in additon to the attorney's rates. If it is an uncontested divorce and you are only negotiating a Divorce Agreement, needless to say, the cost would be considerably less than a contested divorce. The cost of a contested divorce depends on how contested the case becomes, how frequently you go to Court, and whether or not youreach an agreement before the necessity of a trial. T In addition to legal fees there other costs. The filing fee for an uncontested divorce is $215.00 and the filing fee for a contested divorce is $215.00 and $5.00 for the divorce summons. You will also have to pay a constable for service of process of the Complaint for Divorce and Summons. The cost could be anything from $55.00 up depending on how difficult it is to serve your spouse and how often the constable needs to attempt service. In addition to filing fees, with a contested divorce there could be fees for subpoenas, service of subpoenas and witness fees, stenographer costs for depositions and copy of the deposition transcript. I think that a client should interview a few divorce attorneys to sit down with them to see if it would be a good fit to work with them in their divorce and to get a better understanding of that particular attorney's rates and anticipated legal costs to represent you in your divorce.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 1/7/2012
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    The cost of a divorce greatly depends on the issues in dispute and whether parties are able to resolve those issues without a trial. As a result the range can be extreme, from an uncontested divorce at $1000 to tens of thousands of dollars.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 1/7/2012
    Wendy Earle, Law | Wendy Jordan Earle
    The cost of a divorce is driven by a variety of factors. Will the divorce be contested or is it likely to settle? Are there any children? Are there substantial personal and propertyassets that need to be brought before the court for an equitable division? What is the character of the assets? Separate or community property?
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 1/7/2012
    H. Scott Basham, Attorney at Law, P.C. | H. Scott Basham
    At a bare minimum, the filing fee is $205. If your spouse will not agree to sign a waiver of formal service of the papers, it also costs $50 to have the defendant served by the sheriff.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    ROWE LAW FIRM
    ROWE LAW FIRM | Jeffrey S. Wittenbrink
    This is a question that can only be answered by a review of the specific facts and circumstances regarding your case. Depending upon whether or not there are minor children of the marriage, issues of spousal or child support, property and/or debts to be allocated including retirement pensions or funds all will make a difference in the cost of your divorce. Whether or not any or all of these issues are agreed upon by the parties will affect the cost of your case. You should conduct a consultation with a reputable firm or several to get an idea of the costs for your divorce.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    Goolsby Law Office
    Goolsby Law Office | Richard Goolsby
    For uncontested divorces, our law firm charges as low as $500 plus costs; contested divorces are higher. Good luck!
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    Elizabeth Jones, A Professional Corporation
    Elizabeth Jones, A Professional Corporation | Elizabeth Jones
    If you litigate, it can cost more that $100,000. If you use Collaborative Family Law it can cost, for both parties combined, about $30,000. If you Mediate it can cost between $3500 and $10,000 depending on the issues involved.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    Attorney at Law | Aimee C. Robbins
    There is no set price for a divorce except for the County Filing Fee to file your Complaint for Divorce. That filing fee also varies depending on what County you file in. In Montgomery County the fee is $135.00 and in other Counties its higher. If you divorce is uncontested, meaning you and your spouse have already agreed as to how to divide the marital assets and you don't have minor children, the cost should be minimal. However if there are minor children and you are fighting with your spouse over custody, child support, visitation, and who is going to remain in the marital home and how will the other receive their equity from the home, your divorce is going to be quite a bit more expensive. Some attorneys may charge an initial retainer of $2,500.00 and other more experienced high power attorneys may charge $10,000.00 for an initial retainer. Then the attorney deducts monies from the retainer bases on their hourly rate and the amount of time put into your case. Sometimes, especially if the retainer payment was low initially, there will be money due as the case progresses and the attorney's time spent on your case exceeds the money paid in the retainer.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    Law Office of L. Paul Zahn
    Law Office of L. Paul Zahn | Paul Zahn
    It is impossible to quote a cost for a divorce without speaking with you about your specific case. Even then, I could only give you an estimate, and not an exact cost, as it is unknown how the other side will respond.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    Glenn E. Tanner
    Glenn E. Tanner | Glenn E. Tanner
    The state of Washington charges a filing fee of $280.00.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    Law Office of James Lentz
    Law Office of James Lentz | James Lentz
    Good question. It depends upon the litigants, actually. A disolution between parties that have come to an agreement for fees and everything is less thant $1000. It goes up from there. The average cost of divorce with children where parties are at odds is often $2000 to $10,000 depending upon the parties, the debts, the assets, and the children.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    Law Office of Jane E. Ginsburg
    Law Office of Jane E. Ginsburg | Jane Ginsburg
    That's the $64,000 question..it all depends. Major factors effecting cost are the complexity of the issues and the personalities of the parties and counsel. Very few lawyers will be able to answer that question unless of course they take a case on a "fixed fee" basis.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    Peyton and Associates | Barbara Peyton
    The cost depends on how cooperative the parties are and what issues need to be handled. The filing fee with most courts is $390.00 which does not go to the lawyer. Lawyer fees range from 200 to 400 per hour and most family law attorneys ask for a retainer of at least $2500. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A.
    Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A. | Joanna Mitchell
    That depends on whether there are disputed issues, minor children, how hotly contested the issues are, etc. etc. You should consult with an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    Vargas Law Office LLC | Ronnie Ismael Vargas
    Prices vary with each attorney and the particulars of your divorce. You need to contact attorneys and do some checking. Obviously if you do the divorce on your own then you save the money.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    Law Office of William C. Wood, LLC | William C. Wood
    Without a lot more detail, that is an impossible question to answer. There are many factors that influence the cost of a divorce including what issues there are (e.g., property division, alimony, child custody, child support), whether the case settles or goes to trial, whether the opposing party is represented and by whom, etc.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    The Law Offices of Jill Puertas LLC | Jill Puertas
    There is not a blanket number for dissolution cost. Depends upon whether children are involved and the extent to which the parties are able to agree on key issues.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    The Law Offices of Robert W. Bellamy
    The Law Offices of Robert W. Bellamy | Robert W. Bellamy
    Court costs are pretty standard: Attorney fees vary widely. Call your local circuit clerk for filing fees, then shop around for an attorney. You can get a list for your nearest bar association. if all else fails, contact state bar for a list.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    Michael Apicella
    Michael Apicella | Apicella Law and Mediation
    If you're referring to attorney fees, there is no set cost or standard. Most family law attorney's charge by the hour. There is no standard hourly rate. A lawyer can charge whatever he/she thinks the market will bear. Also, when a lawyer charges by the hour, there is no cap on fees. For instance, if a couple has an acrimonious divorce, more work is usually required. More work = more time = more fees. As for court costs, in California, the current filing fee is $395. You can find all the various court fees on your local court's website.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    R. Mark Rose Attorney at Law | R. Mark Rose
    It depends on what the issues are and whether the parties can resolve any of them without extensive motions and court time. As a general rule, a divorce involving at least some property and custody/support issues would run at least $1500 in fees. That does not include court filing fees. It also assumes that the divorce is filed in the attorney's local jurisdiction.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    Law Offices of Frances Headley | Frances Headley
    If you prepare the paperwork yourself or with the help of a family law facilitator then your only expense is the court filing fees and service fees. You may apply for a fee waiver of the court filing fees if you do not have the $395.00 for the initial filing and motion fees of $40 or $60 depending upon the subject matter of the motion.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    Law Office of Cassandra Savoy
    Law Office of Cassandra Savoy | Cassandra Savoy
    There is no set amount. The cost depends on a variety of factors: Whether the matter is contested? Are there children? Are the parties cooperating with each other? Is there a pension? Most attorneys bill by the hour. There are very few, if any, flat fee arrangements.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    David A. Browde, P.C.
    David A. Browde, P.C. | David Browde
    That depends entirely upon the type of divorce (contested or uncontested), whether there are children involved, whether there is property or pensions/401ks at issue. You should consult a local attorney and discuss your situation in detail.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    Correia-Champa & Mailhot
    Correia-Champa & Mailhot | Susan Correia Champa
    Without further information, I cannot advise you as to the cost of your particular divorce. Each case and circumstances are different.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    Haskell Law Firm | Lori Haskell
    It totally depends on which attorney and office you do, or if you represent yourself.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 1/6/2012
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