One of the most common question I am asked by clients is “How much is my NY divorce going to cost?” I fully understand why this is usually their first question. It would be mine too…
The cost of a divorce depends on various factors. The most important question being is your divorce contested or uncontested – which basically boils down to whether you and your spouse can reach an agreement regarding the distribution of your property (marital assets and liabilities) and if you have children, how you are going to deal with child custody and support. If you can agree on these things you can save a ton of money on your divorce because an uncontested divorce costs far less, rarely requires court appearances and overall is a lot more palatable. My New York uncontested divorce fees start at just $497 plus court filing fees.
A contested divorce on the other hand, where you and your spouse want the court to decide what will happen to your assets, child custody and support, amongst other things, is far more expensive. Attorneys charge hourly and their fees can range from $200 to $500 an hour. The contested divorce process, by its very nature, is litigious, costs more, takes longer and is one of the most unpleasant legal matters to suffer through. If there is any way, I always recommend that you see if you can attempt to get a uncontested divorce rather than a contested divorce.
So the quick answer is your New York divorce can cost you anywhere from $497 to millions of dollars, depending on many factors, most importantly whether you can get an uncontested divorce.