Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Divorce Cost by State

Each state has varying costs for divorce, including average filing fees and attorney fees. Here’s everything you need to know about divorce cost by state.

Average Divorce Costs

Below is a comprehensive list of each state and their average divorce fees.

State Average Filing Fees Average Attorney Fees
Alabama $200-$300 $10,000+
Alaska $250, $75 for custody, visitation, property division, or alimony modification $10,000+
Arizona $280 $10,000+
Arkansas $165 $8,000+
California $435 $12,500-$15,300
Colorado $230 $9,700-$11,800
Connecticut $360 $12,000+
Delaware $165 $12,000+
District of Columbia (Washington D.C.) $80 $10,000+
Florida $409 $10,000-$14,000
Georgia $200-$400 (varies by county) $10,500-$12,700
Hawaii $215 (without minor children), $265 (with minor children) $9,000+
Idaho $154 (without minor children), $207 (with minor children) $8,000+
Illinois $300-$400 (varies by county) $11,000-$14,000
Indiana $157 $9,000+
Iowa $265 $9,000+
Kansas $402 $8,000+
Kentucky $113 $8,000+
Louisiana $250-$400 (varies by county) $10,000+
Maine $120 $8,000+
Maryland $165 (without an attorney), $185 (with an attorney) $11,00-$13,500
Massachusetts $200 ($15 surcharge if applicable) $10,600-$13,000
Michigan $175 (without minor children), $255 (with minor children) $9,500-$11,300
Minnesota $365 $9,000-$11,000
Mississippi $400 $8,000+
Missouri $130-$235 (varies by county and presence of minor children) $10,000+
Montana $200 $6,000+
Nebraska $160 $8,000+
Nevada $217 (first appearance), $299 (joint petition)  $10,000+
New Hampshire $402 $9,000+
New Jersey  $300 (without minor children), $325 with minor children) $12,000-$14,500
New Mexico $135-$155 $2,500-$8000
New York $335 $13,000-$16,000
North Carolina $225-$265 $9,700-$11,700
North Dakota $80 $8,000+
Ohio $250-$350 (varies by county) $9,000-$10,500
Oklahoma $183 $9,000+
Oregon $301 $10,000+
Pennsylvania $200-$400 (varies by county) $9,500-$11,500
Puerto Rico $402 $10,000+
Rhode Island $402 $10,000+
South Carolina $150 $10,000+
South Dakota $95 $8,500+
Tennessee $184-$301 (varies by presence of children and sheriff fees) $9,700-$11,700
Texas $250-$300 $11,000-$13,000
Utah $325 $8,300-$11,000
Vermont $90 (if a resident), $295 (without a stipulation) $9,000+
Virginia $90 (varies by county) $12,000-14,000
Washington $280-$315 (varies by county) $10,500-$12,000
West Virginia $135 $8,000+
Wisconsin $184.50 (with no child support or alimony), $194.50 (with child support or alimony) $9,200-$10,600
Wyoming $70-$120 (varies by county) $9,000+

 

All figures are estimates and accurate relative to the time of reporting. State fees often vary by county and are subject to change. County rates were averaged to obtain some state fees.

Factors Affecting Divorce Cost by State

Each divorce case varies, and any of the following factors can impact the costs associated:

  • Uncontested vs. contested divorce
  • Child custody and child support disputes
  • Property and debt disputes
  • Alimony disputes
  • Attorney hourly rates and fees
  • Processing and administration fees
  • State county, and/or
  • Length of divorce process.

Related: Contested and Uncontested Divorce: The Difference

Ways to Lower the Cost of Divorce

Obtaining the help of an experienced divorce lawyer may be a necessary, but expensive decision. Some ways to lower the cost of a divorce:

  • Establish a divorce attorney payment plan
  • Use associates and paralegals when possible
  • Choose limited scope representation
  • Divide property without the help of a lawyer
  • Choose mediation
  • Ask about obtaining a fee waiver
  • Organize financial records, and/or
  • Use an online divorce service

The cost of divorce may vary depending on a case’s unique circumstances. Contact an attorney to determine the best way to lower the cost of divorce.

Related: Divorce Mediation vs. Lawyer: Pros and Cons

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