Besides the emotional cost of a divorce, I am often asked how much does a divorce cost? This answer can vary greatly between cases depending on what issues your case presents. As of 2019, Michigan charges $255 in filing fees to open up a divorce case with minor children and $175 filing fees to open up a case without children. On top of the initial filing fees, there can also be motion fees, mediator costs and attorney’s fees.
An uncontested divorce case where spouses agree on all issues will obviously be the most cost efficient and can often be completed on a fixed fee basis, but this isn’t always realistic if there are children involved or other property that needs to be equitably divided. In Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties, if parties are in disagreement about how to resolve their case, they are required to attend mediation, usually with an attorney.
Many divorce cases will require hourly billing depending on what issues come up in a case. You should always discuss billing with the attorney you choose to hire so that you can be prepared for any expenses involved. In some cases, it is possible to have the other party pay your attorney’s fees. Call our office today to schedule a consultation to discuss how much a case with your special circumstances will cost in your county.
Attorney Allison Greenlee Korr handles cases in Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and all surrounding counties, call today for a consultation. 269-381-4471