How much does divorce really cost?

Some links below are from our sponsors. Here's how we make money.

Divorce can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. What you need to know:

How much does it cost to get a divorce?

For many years, the figure $15,000 per spouse has been tossed around as a general rule of thumb for how much it costs to get divorced in the United States. However, as a journalist who has covered divorce for more than a decade, I believe this number is misleading and inflated. Here are some things to consider:

  • The cost of divorce varies greatly by geography — attorneys in coastal cities charge more per hour than other parts of the country, but people in those areas also earn more.
  • Expensive divorces are usually had by people more likely to afford them. Keep in mind that your attorney will have access to all of your financial information — the more money you and your spouse have, the more likely your attorney is incentivized to drag out your divorce.
  • The more money you have, the more you have to fight over — both in terms of assets to divide, and child support and alimony.
  • Overall, the trend of divorce is moving away from high-conflict, lawyered up battles, to more collaborative, amicable, mediated and uncontested divorce — as it should.
  • Fewer young people are marrying and more moms are unmarried when they have babies. These families tend to be younger, with less education and lower incomes than families that stay married, so even if they do go through family court and/or use an attorney, there is less to fight over and usually a simpler legal process that costs less.

All that said: Expect to pay ~$5,000 if you have a pretty basic divorce with some back-and-forth for more-or-less civilized divorce. Then, it goes up from there, at $200-$1,000 per hour for an attorney.

That is just the divorce process. Other costs to consider in the the cost of divorce:

  • Nearly all the time, you will split your assets accumulated during divorce 50/50. This includes any savings, equity in the home and other real estate, retirement funds, vehicles, businesses you co-own as well as any debt.
  • Therapy
  • The cost of owning and running two homes after divorce.

Many people feel like they have to start over financially after the expense of divorce and dividing assets.

That said, there are other ways to divorce with less expense — and less stress:

How much is the cheapest divorce?

Filing for divorce yourself, online is always the cheapest way to go. Online divorce services can make it a little less confusing for a small fee. 3 Step Divorce has an A+ Better Business Bureau rating and you can get started for $84.

Not every state allows online divorces, and not every couple qualifies for an online divorce. Check out the rules in your state:

AlabamaAlaska
ArizonaArkansas
CaliforniaColorado
ConnecticutDelaware
District of ColumbiaFlorida
GeorgiaHawaii
IdahoIllinois
IndianaIowa
KansasKentucky
LouisianaMaine
MarylandMassachusetts
MichiganMinnesota
MississippiMissouri
MontanaNebraska
NevadaNew Hampshire
New JerseyNew Mexico
New YorkNorth Carolina
North DakotaOhio
OklahomaOregon
PennsylvaniaRhode Island
South CarolinaSouth Dakota
TennesseeTexas
UtahVermont
VirginiaWashington
West VirginiaWisconsin
Wyoming

Can I file for divorce online for free?

Yes! Many states increasingly allow you to file your own divorce online for free. However you always have to pay a filing fee, which ranges from about $85 to $400 depending on where you live, and the complexity of your divorce (you’ll likely pay more if you have kids, for example).

Even so, the process can be complicated — or overwhelming, and you may want to seek out some professional help, or online forms to help guide you through the process.

Start with Rocket Lawyer’s divorce worksheet, which is 100% free.

Get started with 3 Step Divorce for $84 now >>

or, read our 3 Step Divorce review.

How much does it cost to file paperwork for a divorce?

Each state has its own procedures and fees for filing for divorce. They range from $50 in Mississippi, to up to $450 in California. Some states charge more for different required divorce paperwork, such as custody agreements.

To learn about how to get and file in your state, call the courthouse near you, or most districts have the information on a courthouse website.

Learn more about all the DIY online divorce paper services.

How do I afford a divorce?

The average divorce with attorneys costs $15,000 — and that is just for the initial separation, and for one party (your ex will likely pay similarly). If you are thinking of leaving your marriage, you likely also need to consider the expense of managing two homes on an income that once managed just one home — plus, possibly, the cost of child support and/or alimony, as well as extra child care expenses.

If using an attorney, mediator or a collaborative divorce option, ask about fees, hourly rates or retainers upfront. Cut costs by hiring a lawyer to handle a portion of your divorce such as preparing or reviewing documents, and complete the paperwork yourself with a reputable online service like 3 Step Divorce.

Focus on a quick and amicable divorce. Split all property equally and go for 50/50 time sharing of your kids. More equality now means less fighting in the short-term, less expense, and happier, healthier parents and kids long-term.

How to get through divorce without going bankrupt, and here are some ways on making money now, and after divorce:

Best high-paying careers you can do from home.

How to become a bookkeeper and build a 6-figure business.

Things to sell now to make money.

Where to sell your engagement ring for the most cash, safely.

Ready to go back to school? 21 scholarships for single moms

What to do if you can’t afford a divorce?

If you and your spouse are in agreement about how to share time and expenses of your kids, divide assets, property and debt, congratulations! You qualify for a no-fault divorce and can get this over with sooner than later.

If the two of you agree to sit down and sort it out, then using papers from your local courts and filing yourself may be the answer. However, it is easy to make errors that hold up the process, so consider paying a few hundred dollars for an online divorce paper company, as well as hiring a local attorney or mediator to look over your paperwork to make sure that you addressed all important issues, and there are no errors that will delay your divorce being finalized.

However, if you truly cannot afford divorce, including the cost of insurance, two homes, and splitting assets, some couples live together, or live separately, while legally married, for years before they actually divorce. You may consider a legal separation in this case, to protect legally and financially, and formalize a custody agreement, while you wait. You may also have to sell your home or other property to afford this next step of your life.

What to consider if you are thinking about divorce — but are not sure

FAQs about the average cost of divorce [by state]

How much does a divorce cost in Alabama?

The fees to file an uncontested divorce in Alabama vary by county, but filing and completing a divorce will cost between $200 and $300. Couples with children pay more. You may apply for a hardship fee waiver.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Alabama, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Alaska?

Filing for divorce in Alaska costs $250. If you need to file a modification to either child custody, visitation, support, property division, or spousal maintenance, you’ll need to pay an additional $75.

If you choose to hire a divorce lawyer, the average divorce lawyer in Alaska charges approximately $300 per hour.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Alaska, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Arizona?

In Arizona, to divorce the petitioner is required to file for a “Petition for dissolution of marriage” which costs $234, and the responding spouse must pay a fee of $159. You can apply to qualify for a waiver for financial hardship. Petitions for annulments and legal separations also cost $234, while responses to these filings cost $159 each.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Arizona, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Arkansas?

Filing fees for divorce in Arkansas vary depending on the county in which you file, though Arkansas filing fees range from $165 to $185.

If you decide to hire a lawyer, the average divorce attorney in Arkansas charges around $275 per hour.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Arkansas, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in California?

Divorce paper filing fees in California are $435.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in California, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Colorado?

Filing for divorce in Colorado costs $230. It costs an additional $222 to file for the allocation of parental responsibilities (custody). Filing a response with the court will cost $116, and filing a motion to modify the case will cost $105. Serving your spouse with divorce papers in Colorado will range between $50 and $70.

If you choose to hire a divorce attorney, the average Colorado divorce lawyer charges between $230 and $280 per hour.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in California, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Connecticut?

It costs $350 to file for divorce in Connecticut. Serving your spouse with divorce papers will cost an additional fee of approximately $50, though this may vary depending on the process server you hire. If you have children, you will be required to complete a parenting education class, at a cost of $125.

If you choose to hire a divorce attorney, you will of course also need to pay that lawyer’s hourly rate. In Connecticut, divorce attorneys typically charge between $250 and $450 per hour.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Connecticut, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Delaware?

Filing for divorce in Delaware will cost you $165. Filing for alimony, property division, or separation agreement will each cost an additional $90 per action.

In Delaware the average divorce attorney charges between $100 and $300 per hour.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Delaware, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Florida?

In Florida, a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage initiates the case and requires a fee that varies by county, though most charge $408 or $409 — and some charging a $12 penalty if you do not have an attorney.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Florida, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Georgia?

Filing for divorce in Georgia will cost between $200 and $220, depending on which county you are filing in. If you need to serve divorce papers to your spouse, you’ll need to pay an additional $50 service fee to the court.

If you choose to hire a divorce attorney, the average divorce lawyer in Georgia charges between $250 and $300 per hour.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Georgia, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Hawaii?

The cost to file for divorce in Hawaii is $215, with an additional fee of $50 if either party has children. Paternity filing is $185, including a $50 parent education course.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Hawaii, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Idaho?

The cost of filing for divorce in Idaho will depend on whether or not you and your spouse have minor children. If you do have minor children in Idaho, then you’ll need to pay a filing fee of $207. If you do not have minor children, then the filing fee will be $154. Filing an amendment to your complaint will require payment of an additional $41 fee. If you need to serve your spouse divorce papers, this will also cost an additional fee, which varies.

If you decide to hire a divorce attorney in Idaho, the average divorce lawyer in Boise charges between $200 and $400 per hour.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Idaho, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Illinois?

The cost of filing for divorce in Illinois varies by county and ranges from $307 in Cook County and $334 in Lake County. Filing an amendment to your complaint, serving your spouse with divorce papers, and requesting a transcript of the proceedings will require additional fees which vary by county.

In Illinois, the average divorce attorney charges approximately $260 to $330 per hour. Lawyers in Chicago specifically can charge upwards of $500 per hour.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Illinois, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Indiana?

Divorce filing fees in Indiana vary depending on which county you are filing in, with Marion, Monroe, and Clark Counties charging a filing fee of $177. If you must serve your spouse divorce papers, you’ll also need to pay a service fee, which averages about $28. Making an amendment to your claim, requesting a copy of the transcript, or having your papers notarized cost additional fees.

If you decide to hire a divorce attorney, as is often the case in a contested divorce, you’ll also need to pay their hourly rates. In the Midwest, including Indiana, the average divorce lawyer charges approximately $264 per hour.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Indiana, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Iowa?

Divorce filing fees in Iowa are $265. If you need to serve your spouse divorce papers, you’ll need to pay a $40 service fee as well. Filing an amendment, hiring a notary, or requesting copies of the transcript will cost extra.

The average divorce lawyer in Iowa charges between $200 and $400.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Iowa, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Kansas?

Divorce filing fees in Kansas vary by county, but range from $100 to $200. Making an amendment to your divorce petition, requesting copies of transcripts, hiring a notary, and serving your spouse with divorce papers will all require you to pay additional fees, which also vary by county.

Average divorce lawyer in Kansas charges between $200 and $400 per hour.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Kansas, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Kentucky?

Kentucky divorce filing fee is $113 — one of the lowest in the country. Financial aid is available.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Kentucky, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Louisiana?

The cost of filing for divorce in Louisiana will vary depending on which parish you file in, ranging from $250 to $400. This includes the cost of serving your spouse with divorce papers. In cases where sheriff’s service is not needed, you will be refunded a portion of the fee. Filing an amendment to your divorce petition, hiring a notary, and requesting copies will all cost additional fees, which vary significantly by county.

The average divorce lawyer in Louisiana charges between $150 and $300 per hour, or more.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Louisiana, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Maine?

In Maine, it costs $120 to file for divorce. If you need to serve your spouse with divorce papers, it will cost between $25 and $50. In cases in which mediation is ordered, both spouses are responsible for an $80 mediation fee for each mediation session. Filing an amendment to your divorce petition, or “divorce complaint,” requesting copies of transcripts, etc., comes with additional fees.

Attorney rates in Maine range from $150 to $400 or more per hour.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Maine, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Maryland?

Filing for divorce in Maryland costs $165. Serving your spouse with divorce papers, if necessary, will cost an additional fee of approximately $40. Filing an amendment, requesting copies of transcripts or other paperwork, will all require payment of additional fees.

The average hourly rate for a divorce lawyer in Maryland is between $260 and $325 per hour.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Maryland, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Massachusetts?

The cost of filing for divorce in Massachusetts is $200 plus an additional $15 surcharge. Amending your complaint after it has been filed will cost an additional $60. Serving your spouse with divorce papers will cost an additional fee, which varies depending on who you hire.

The average divorce attorney in Massachusetts charges between $250 and $300 per hour.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Massachusetts, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Michigan?

The cost of filing for divorce in Michigan will vary depending on the county you are filing in as well as whether or not your case involves minor children. For example, in Wayne, Oakland, and Saginaw counties the cost to file for divorce is $175 in cases where no minor children are involved, and $255 in cases that do involve minor children. If you need to serve your spouse with divorce papers, you’ll also need to pay a service fee which can range from $10 (service by mail) up to $100 (service by third party).Amendments, support motions, appearls, and copies of documentation or transcripts all carry their own additional fees, which vary by county.

In Michigan, the average divorce attorney charges between $225 and $275 per hour.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Michigan, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Minnesota?

It costs $365 to file for divorce in Minnesota. Serving your spouse with divorce papers will cost an additional fee of $50 to $75. Amendments, support motions, appeals, and copies of documentation or transcripts all carry their own additional fees.

The average divorce lawyer in Minnesota charges between $215 and $255 per hour.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Minnesota, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Mississippi?

It will cost $50 to file for divorce in Mississippi. If you need to serve your spouse with divorce papers, you will also need to pay a service fee of $25 to $65, depending on whether you are serving by delivery or publication. Other fees may be charged to amend your case, file support motions, request copies, etc, and it is not uncommon for total court fees to approach $400.

In Mississippi, the average divorce attorney charges approximately $212 per hour.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Mississippi, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Missouri?

Divorce filing fees in Missouri vary by county, but average $200.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Missouri, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Montana?

Filing divorce papers in Montana will cost $200. Filing an appeal or an amendment, requesting copies of documents, hiring a notary for certification of documents, and serving your spouse with divorce papers, if necessary, will all carry their own additional fees.

The average divorce lawyer in Montana charges between $150 and $250.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Montana, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Nebraska?

In Nebraska, it will cost $158 to file for divorce. This payment covers a $75 “dissolution of marriage fee” as well as a number of other fees at both the state and county level. Filing an amendment, requesting copies, or hiring a notary to certify your paperwork will all carry their own fees, as will serving your spouse with divorce papers.

The average divorce lawyer in the Omaha area charges around $200 per hour.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Nebraska, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Nevada?

Divorce filing fees in Nevada vary by county. For example, in Clark County it costs $299 to file either a complaint or joint petition for divorce.

The average divorce attorney in Las Vegas charges approximately $260 per hour.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Nevada, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in New Hampshire?

New Hampshire divorce filing fees are $402. Requesting copies of documents or audio recordings, certifying paperwork, amending your case, and serving your spouse with divorce papers, if necessary, will all carry their own additional fees.

The average hourly rate for divorce attorneys in New Hampshire ranges from $150 and $400 per hour.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in New Hampshire, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in New Jersey?

To divorce in New Jersey costs a $300 filing fee, and if you have children a $25 fee for mandatory parenting classes is also required.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in New Jersey, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in New Mexico?

In New Mexico, divorce filing fees are $137. The cost of hiring a sheriff to serve your spouse with divorce papers, if necessary, will vary depending on the fees charged by the specific county, but are typically close to $40.

The average hourly rate for divorce lawyers in New Mexico tends to fall between $175 and $300 per hour.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in New Mexico, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in New York?

If you are filing a divorce in which you and your spouse created an agreement yourselves, without attorneys or a DIY program, it will cost at least $335 in total court and filing fees. This does not include the cost of a lawyer, photocopies, notary fees, transportation, mailing, process server fees, etc.

However, Lawyers.com surveyed its readers and found that the average New York divorce costs $17,100, including $13,500 in attorney’s fees —34% higher than the national average.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in New York, and download your papers >>

More on getting divorced in New York.

How much does a divorce cost in North Carolina?

In North Carolina, it will cost $225 to file for divorce. Serving your spouse with divorce papers will cost an additional $30 (service by sheriff) or $7 (service by certified mail). If you would also like to legally revert back to your maiden name, you will need to pay an additional $10 fee.

The average hourly fees for a divorce attorney in North Carolina is between $230 and $280 per hour.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in North Carolina, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in North Dakota?

In North Dakota, it will cost $80 to file for divorce. You will also need to pay to serve your spouse with divorce papers. If you choose to serve them by sheriff’s service, the fee will vary by county, but is typically around $20.

The average hourly fee charged by divorce attorneys in the US is approximately $270.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in North Dakota, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Ohio?

In Ohio, the cost of filing for divorce will vary significantly depending on which county you are filing in, as well as whether your divorce does or does not involve minor children. Fees can range from a low of $200 to a high of $375 in cases that don’t involve children, or $300 to $475 in cases that do involve children. You can find the exact figure for your county by visiting your county clerk’s website.

The average hourly rate charged by divorce lawyers in Ohio is between $210 and $245 per hour.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Ohio, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Oklahoma?

In Oklahoma, it costs $183 to file for divorce. FIling a modification to the divorce complaint costs an additional fee of $43. The cost to serve your spouse with divorce papers using sheriff’s service is an additional $50.

The average hourly rate to hire a divorce attorney in Oklahoma City is approximately $240, though this may vary in other parts of the state.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Oklahoma, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Oregon?

In Oregon, the filing fee for divorce is $301. (The fee to file for a dissolution of domestic partnership is $281.) To serve your spouse with divorce papers, you’ll need to hire a third-party service provider, which typically starts at about $40.

The average hourly rate charged by attorneys in Oregon (including divorce lawyers) is $260 per hour.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Oregon, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Pennsylvania?

In Pennsylvania, divorce filing fees vary by county. Regardless of which county you are filing in, you will pay one fee to file the divorce complaint, and then an additional fee for each issue that must be handled by the courts. This includes property division, alimony, and custody, as well as reverting to your maiden name if desired.

In Centre County, for example, the divorce filing fee is $201.75. Issues of alimony and property division will cost an additional $45.25 to file, while filing an issue of custody will cost $53.75. It costs $20.50 to retake your maiden name. Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, the divorce filing fee is $333.73. Issues of custody cost $107.13 to file, while issues of alimony cost $40.25 to file. You should contact your county clerk to determine the specific fees you’ll be required to pay in your county.

In Pennsylvania, the average divorce lawyer charges between $230 and $280 per hour.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Pennsylvania, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Rhode Island?

In Rhode Island, it costs $145 to file for divorce.The cost of serving your spouse with divorce papers in Rhode Island will vary depending on which service you hire, but typically begin around $40.

The average divorce attorney in Rhode Island charges approximately $250 per hour.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Rhode Island, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in South Carolina?

In South Carolina, it costs $150 to file for divorce. There is an additional fee of $25 for any additional motions filed related to the divorce. Serving your spouse with divorce papers will require you to hire a private process server, which will charge varying rates, often between $30 and $60.

The average divorce attorney in South Carolina charges between $200 and $300 per hour, though these rates can vary substantially.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in South Carolina, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in South Dakota?

Divorce filing fees in South Dakota are $95 unless you complete an affidavit of indigency, indicating you cannot afford to pay, and a court may waive that fee.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in South Dakota, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Tennessee?

Divorce filing fees in Tennessee vary depending on the county you are filing in, as well as whether or not your case involves minor children.

For example, in Nashville County, it costs $184.50 to file a divorce case that does not involve minor children or $259.50 to file a divorce case that does involve minor children. Serving your spouse with divorce papers via sheriff’s service will cost an additional $42 in Nashville county.

You should contact your county clerk to determine your specific filing fees.

In Tennessee, the typical divorce attorney charges between $230 and $280 per hour.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Tennessee, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Texas?

Filing fees in Texas vary depending on the county where you file. But not by much: The divorce filing fee for the least-populous county in Texas is $283 and for the most-populous county it’s $310. If you need to serve your spouse with the divorce papers, you’ll also pay service and issuance fees. The district clerk’s office can let you know how all this will cost.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Texas, and download your papers >>

More on getting divorced in Texas.

How much does a divorce cost in Utah?

In Utah, it costs $325 to file for divorce. The spouse that files for divorce is also responsible for serving the other spouse with divorce papers, which can be done through the mail, sheriff’s service, or process server. Each of these options will carry its own costs.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Utah, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Vermont?

The costs to file for divorce in Vermont vary depending on whether the divorce is contested or not. Filing for a contested divorce will cost $295. Filing for a “stipulated divorce” in the state will cost $90 if at least one of you is a resident of the state, or $180 if neither of you is a resident.

Serving your spouse with divorce papers will require an additional fee, which varies depending on whether you serve papers via sheriff’s service, certified mail, or publication.

The average lawyer in the US charges between $225 and $310 per hour. Divorce attorneys in Vermont typically fall within this range.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Vermont, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Virginia?

Divorce filing fees vary significantly in Virginia depending on the district in which you file. For example, in Norfolk County the filing fee is $91 while in Fairfax County the filing fee is $86. The fee to resume use of your maiden name is similar across districts, at around $21. Sheriff’s service also costs approximately $12 regardless of your county.

The state offers a Circuit Court Civil Filing Fee Calculator to help you determine exactly what your fees may be.

The typical divorce lawyer in Virginia charges between $280 and $330 per hour.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Virginia, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Washington?

It costs $314 to file for divorce in Washington state, and an additional $56 to file a modification to an existing order. If you choose to use a process server to serve your spouse with divorce papers, you’ll also need to pay their fee, though the state does allow anyone at least 18 years of age to serve papers. This means that a friend or family member could serve papers to your spouse for you.

In Washington, the average divorce attorney charges between $250 and $285 per hour.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Washington, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in West Virginia?

In West Virginia, it costs $135 to file for divorce. You can serve your spouse with divorce papers by hiring a process server, using certified mail, or in some cases serving by publication. The cost for each of these options varies significantly.

The average hourly fee charged by divorce attorneys in the US is approximately $270.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in West Virginia, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Wisconsin?

In Wisconsin, it costs $184.50 to file for divorce if your case does not involve child support or alimony, or $194.50 if it does. The cost of serving your spouse with divorce papers in Wisconsin will depend on whether you use a process server or your local police department but typically starts around $50.

The typical divorce lawyer in Wisconsin charges an hourly rate of $220 to $250 per hour.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Wisconsin, and download your papers >>

How much does a divorce cost in Wyoming?

In Wyoming, the cost to file for divorce varies by county. For example, in Converse County it costs $120 to file for divorce while in Laramie County it costs $110 to file. To serve your spouse with divorce papers, you’ll need to hire a process server at a cost that is usually between $20 and $50.

In Wyoming, the majority of divorce attorneys charge between $150 and $250 per hour.

See if you qualify for online divorce filing in Wyoming, and download your papers >>

How much does it cost to get a divorce?

For many years, the figure $15,000 per spouse has been tossed around as a general rule of thumb for how much it costs to get divorced in the United States. However, as a journalist who has covered divorce for more than a decade, I believe this number is misleading and inflated. Expect to pay about $5,000 if you have a pretty basic divorce with some back-and-forth for more-or-less civilized divorce.

How much is the cheapest divorce?

Filing for divorce yourself, online is always the cheapest way to go. Online divorce services can make it a little less confusing for a small fee.

Can I file for divorce online for free?

Yes! Many states increasingly allow you to file your own divorce online for free. However you always have to pay a filing fee, which ranges from about $85 to $400 depending on where you live, and the complexity of your divorce (you’ll likely pay more if you have kids, for example).

How much does it cost to file papers for a divorce?

Each state has its own procedures and fees for filing for divorce. They range from $50 in Mississippi, to up to $450 in California. Some states charge more for different required divorce paperwork, such as custody agreements.

Wealthysinglemommy.com founder Emma Johnson is an award-winning business journalist, activist, author and expert. A former Associated Press reporter and MSN Money columnist, Emma has appeared on CNBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, TIME, The Doctors, Elle, O, The Oprah Magazine. Winner of Parents magazine’s “Best of the Web” and a New York Observer “Most Eligible New Yorker," her #1 bestseller, The Kickass Single Mom (Penguin), was a New York Post Must Read. As an expert on divorce and gender, Emma presented at the United Nations Summit for Gender Equality and multiple state legislature hearings. More about Emma's credentials.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *