The total cost of a divorce depends on whether you and your spouse can agree and, if so, how quickly you do agree. For an uncontested divorce, the filing fee with the court is $250.00, plus $25.00 if you have children, and I usually require a low retainer and charge based upon my hourly rate. The only reason my legal fee would be higher than in an uncontested divorce is if you need assistance with significant negotiations regarding the separation agreement.
For a contested divorce, the initial filing fee is $250.00, plus $25.00 if you have children, but then there can be additional costs for service of process, subpoenas, depositions, trial preparation, and expert witnesses. My legal fee is billed at an hourly rate for the time I spend on your case and I require an initial retainer which is determined based on the specific facts and circumstances of your case.