How Much Does Divorce Cost?

This is one of the most common questions on people’s minds when they first start thinking about getting divorced.  They wonder if they can even afford the divorce cost, or whether it will ruin them financially. Unfortunately, there is no solid answer to this question, but there are some things that we do know about average costs in different situations.

Self Represented, Amicable Divorce

What makes the biggest difference, is how well you and your soon to be ex-spouse can work together to agree on issues in the Settlement Agreement and Parenting Plan (if applicable). Some people who are having a very amicable divorce, have no children and not many assets, can do the whole thing themselves and only pay the filing fee of $200 – $220 and be done with it. If only that were always the case.

Attorney Represented, Settled Divorce

The more disagreements there are, the more the divorce costs (for each party). The numbers that I have found are based on couples divorcing that have minor children. They indicate that for a divorce settled by attorneys on each side, the average cost in Georgia is $18,500. However, again, this can vary greatly depending upon how agreeable you are.

Attorney Represented, Court Decided Divorce

For a divorce that actually ends up going to court, which typically only happens in the most contentious of cases, the average cost in Georgia is $25,800. For the vast majority of people, that is a heck of a lot of money.

How Can I Save Money?

Come Prepared to Compromise

One option to reduce divorce cost is to try your best to come to some agreements with your soon to be ex-spouse. The more that you both can agree on, the less time your attorneys will spend on your case, and the less you will be billed from them. Even if you can’t agree on much, you might both agree that you do not want to go broke during this process, and that might facilitate some agreements on some of the issues. Every agreement you make is going to save you time and money.

Mediation – Get to Settlement Faster

Another option is mediation. Again, the average cost of mediation varies, for the same reasons that the cost of divorce using attorneys varies. However, it typically runs between $1,000 to $2,500. While this is still a good chunk of money, typically the parties split the cost, and it does not leave either of them in a terrible financial situation to start their new lives.

Type of Divorce Average Cost
Self Represented – Amicable Under $1,000
Self Represented – Mediated $1,000 to $2,500
Attorney – Settled $18,500
Attorney – Trial $25,800

For more information on fees, and to get an idea of how much mediation might cost for your situation, give Gwinnett Mediation a call at 678-242-9977.