The Myth of the $500 Divorce: Why Cheap Isn’t Always the Best Option

March 24, 2023

Thinking about divorce, but worried about the cost? Many people believe in the myth of the $500 divorce. Let’s cut through the misinformation and give you a realistic picture of what a divorce costs in Illinois.

The Myth of the $500 Divorce

You might see online ads promising quick, cheap divorces for a few hundred dollars. Here’s the reality:

  • Filing fees alone are $500+ in Illinois: For St. Clair County, its actually $505.50. In Madison County, its $503.50
  • Hidden fees: When you file your own case, you also have to pay the convenience fee to efile.
  • Beware of bargain lawyers: Divorce is complex. An attorney offering rock-bottom prices might not have the experience or dedication your case deserves. Its probable that the price they give you does not include the filing fee.

The Value of an Experienced Attorney

  • Fairness and Knowledge: A good lawyer understands the law, negotiates effectively, and helps ensure a fair outcome.
  • Protecting Your Future: They help you make informed decisions about property, finances, and parenting arrangements that will impact you for years to come.
  • Preventing Costly Mistakes: An experienced attorney ensures your paperwork is correct and your rights are protected, avoiding expensive errors or delays.

So, How Much Does a Divorce Cost?

The truth is, it varies. Factors like these play a role:

  • Contested vs. Uncontested: If you and your spouse agree on everything, it’s generally less costly.
  • Complexity: Disputes over property, child custody, or finances can increase costs.
  • Attorney Fees: Hourly rates differ. Be sure to discuss fees upfront with any lawyer you consider.

Don’t Cut Corners on Something Important

Divorce isn’t cheap, but it’s an investment in your future. Hiring a knowledgeable lawyer can save you money in the long run by preventing costly mistakes and ensuring a fair outcome.


Since I only handle uncontested, simple and agreed divorces, I can keep my prices lower. I know how long it will take me to draft your paperwork professionally, and you get my 19+ years of experience to help make sure that I have created something that will stand the test of time. If you are ready to take that step, reach out to my office or give me a call.


Disclaimer: The content of this blog post is not intended as a substitute for professional legal counsel. While the information provided may be helpful, it is important to consult with an attorney to address your individual legal needs. No attorney-client relationship is formed by reading this post.