How much does a Divorce Cost?

  • Even though it is impossible to answer the complex question of how much will a divorce actually cost, here are some deciding factors which will affect the total cost of divorce.

    • Divorce under mutual consent will cost lesser than a contested divorce.
    • Relationship of the estranged couple is a major factor; the more the couple disagrees on key issues, the more expensive the divorce will be
    • Divorce involving minor children will be more expensive as compared to a divorce with no children or adult children
    • Disagreement of division of community property will increase the cost of the divorce
    • Divorces involving alimony are more expensive

    Estimating the Legal Costs of Divorce

    • Lawyer’s fee:
      • A lawyer may charge by the hour or by charging a flat fee for legal work that is performed
      • For divorce, the usual trend is to charge per hour because of the complexity of the nature of the case and the unpredictable nature
    • Kind of Divorce:
      • Mutual divorce costs lesser than an uncontested divorce
      • Child support issues make the divorce more expensive
      • If the divorce is a simple mutual procedure with no child support issue, it is easier to get a lawyer at a flat rate
    • Payment options:
      • Almost every lawyer will take an advance retainership fee
      • This amount is usually not refundable
    • Filing fee and other expenses
      • This will include the out of pocket expenses of xerox and preparing sets for filing
      • Cost of mediator and accountant, if required
      • Cost of travel
      • Other misc. expenses
    • Tips to cut cost
      • Let your lawyer know if money is tight; s/he may be able to suggest you more viable alternatives
      • Think twice before making a call or sending an email, especially in cases where the lawyer is charging you hourly
      • Keep a list of non-urgent questions to ask and get them answered in one meeting
      • If your spouse is in a better position financially, you could ask the judge to order the spouse to pay the legal fees.


    File Mutual Consent Divorce @ Rs. 25,000/- only

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    These articles are provided freely as general guides. While we do our best to make sure these guides are helpful, we do not give any guarantee that they are accurate or appropriate to your situation, or take any responsibility for any loss their use might cause you. Do not rely on information provided here without seeking experienced legal advice first. If in doubt, please always consult a lawyer.

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