How Much Does A Divorce Cost?

How Much Does A Divorce Cost?

Jason Kohlmeyer, of Rosengren Kohlmeyer, answers a question submitted by Alex in Mankato. The question, is “How much does a divorce cost?”

So how much does a divorce cost? Jason uses a vehicle metaphor and the truth is, it is probably one of the more accurate ways to talk about divorce since there are so many variables, whether it’s property, custody, spousal support, or everything and anything in those categories.

While it might be true that a lawyer can “quote” you a price for a divorce, it simply isn’t consistent case to case and the range, as Jason points out, is “big”. The truth is, it is much bigger than most people think.

An average divorce in The United States costs anywhere between $10,000 and $20,000, but this typically without any really lengthy property lists, and assumes that things will not be complicated. Your case could be much different.

Another thing that Jason touched on that is important to remember is that there is another type of cost, aside from financial, in the case of divorce. It’s called: Custody. In a divorce oftentimes one parent will lose a lot of the time they previously had with their children. It isn’t always so horrific but there have been instances of parents losing greatly and that is a cost in itself as well and certainly something to remember.

In short, it’s just not simple, your best bet is always to call your attorney and ask because every case is different, and in divorce law there could never have been a truer statement.


  1. Nothing is ever mentioned about low income divorce. My daughter was a stay at home mom her husband made $13 hour and they lived in an aptm. In Texas her divorce was free except the parenting class they both had to take under Texas law.

  2. I’m in N Va and have spent well over $65k and child custody trial hasn’t reached or other. I think attorneys need to be more honest. You’re gonna gave to sell everything and borrow money for a long time and that doesn’t consider temporary child support and spousal support. This game is criminal to me.

  3. How about if there’s no kids involved we just WANA go ours separate ways and just sign divorce papers and be done with it ????

  4. what if me and my future wife living in an apartment, no kids. and having minimum wage job. how much it cost then

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