How Much Does a Divorce Cost? (Hint: It’s More Than You Think)

October 10, 2022

The High Cost of Divorce: Emotional and Financial Impacts

Divorce isn’t just a legal separation, it’s an emotional earthquake. Even amicable breakups bring sadness, stress, and uncertainty, especially when children are involved. You may face difficult custody arrangements, relocation, and the overwhelming need to start over. This emotional turmoil can damage your mental health. If you’re struggling, don’t hesitate to seek professional help – neglecting your well-being can have negative repercussions in your divorce proceedings.

Key Takeaways:

  • Divorce carries a heavy emotional price. Prioritize your mental health.
  • Traditional, contested divorces drain your finances.
  • Consider a streamlined, collaborative approach to protect your money and well-being.

Beyond emotions, protracted divorces are agonizing. Waiting a year or more for your day in court puts your life on hold. At trial, be prepared to confront past hurts and have private aspects of your life scrutinized. This process takes a toll on you and your wallet.

The Financial Cost of Divorce 

Divorce strains your emotions and your bank account. Here’s what you might face if you choose to fight in Court:

  • Legal fees: Expect to spend between $2,500 and $20,000 or even more on lawyers, depending on the complexity of your case. Every phone call, email, letter and court appearance will be charged at a rate of $200+ per hour, and those fees quickly add up.
  • Court costs: Filing fees, process servers, subpoenas, and witness fees quickly add up.
  • Expert costs: Dividing property and assets often requires appraisers and other professionals who charge for their services.
  • Therapy: Supporting your mental health, and possibly your children’s, comes with a price tag.
  • Relocation expenses: Moving brings deposits, utility hookups, and other unexpected costs.

On average, contested divorces cost between $15,000 and $30,000. That’s a huge chunk of money that could jump-start your new life.

Flat Fee Divorce Solutions: An Affordable Alternative

Fighting in court is far more expensive than working collaboratively with your ex-spouse to reach agreements. At Flat Fee Divorce Solutions, I help you negotiate the terms of your divorce, saving you money and emotional stress. More cooperation means less conflict, and less conflict translates to a less expensive divorce.


I only take cases where I officially tie up the loose ends and make the end of your relationship official. My prices are lower to reflect that I am not going to go to Court to have a Judge resolve your problems. If you can work with your ex to be fair and reasonable, reach out to my office.

Informational Only: The content herein is not a substitute for professional legal advice. Always consult with a licensed attorney to discuss your legal options.