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Cost of an Uncontested Divorce

In United States of America, the cost of an uncontested divorce ranges from 150USD to 600USD without an attorney. If you hire an attorney, the cost can be 600USD to 11, 000USD or more. Other fees in divorce procedures include fees for filing a divorce, obtaining the copies, notary fees, service and miscellaneous charges.

A divorce is uncontested when both spouses agree on issues related to child custody, visitation, child support, and alimony and property division without the court's help. In an uncontested divorce, the process for getting a divorce is short. This type of case is quicker and not expensive. It usually requires one hearing and court involvement for a certain time period.


As described, uncontested divorces are easier than any other divorce procedures. So many people find it easier to file their own divorce cases. However, if you hire an attorney, the cost of an uncontested divorce may increase. He/she will fill and file your paperwork in court. Attorneys charge their fees at an hourly rate. They can be 75USD to 250USD or more. Hourly rates may vary, depending on the area and the attorney's reputation and experience in this field.

Filing Fees

Filing fees for uncontested divorce cases vary by state as divorce laws differ in each state of United States. In Arizona State, it costs 321USD to file a petition for dissolution in Maricopa County Superior Court. Virginia's Fairfax County Circuit Court charges 84USD for a basic divorce and 105USD for a divorce with name change. So the cost differs as the law changes.

Copies and Notary Fees

When you file your case in court, you will need to have multiple copies. These copies are required in the court and for other services. There are many libraries and offices which provide assisted copying services or self-serve services. You may also need certain notarized forms which costs from 10USD to 25USD. There are certain banks that will notarize customer documents for free.


Once you have filed the papers with the court, you must serve a copy to the other spouse. In most states, your wife or husband can sign a waiver, accepting the papers directly. If your spouse fails to sign a waiver, you can use a local sheriff’s department or can hire a private process server. Serve-now.com lists the average process server fee as 35USD to 100USD, while the Prince William County Sheriff's office in Virginia charges 12USD per person for service. Depending on the services, the cost of an uncontested divorce varies.


As part of any court case, there may be miscellaneous costs such as parking fees, phone calls and postage charges and other minor charges. These expenses are not incurred in all case and, preparing for them can help you avoid unexpected costs.

The cost of an uncontested divorce is less than the contested divorce. As stated, uncontested divorce is very simple. In contested divorce, the procedures are too lengthy. It can take years for the final decree. Hence, the cost increases as the attorney charges and other charges increase.

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