The Average Cost of Divorce in PA
According to an article by The Center Square, the average cost of divorce for Pennsylvania couples is $14,300. However, the cost of divorce can range from $8,400 to over $17,000.
Please be advised that these totals more closely resemble the cost of a contested divorce. An uncontested divorce typically only cost a few thousand dollars. Divorce mediation is also less expensive than a contested divorce as mediation can cost between $5,000 and $9,000.
Factors that Affect the Cost of Divorce
The cost of divorce can vary based on a host of case-specific details and factors. Some of the common factors that affect the cost of divorce include:
- How much your attorney charges. Attorney fees can make up the bulk of your divorce expenses in some cases. During your initial consultation with your attorney, you can (and should) ask about their fee/billing structure and about how much they think your case will cost.
- How you file. As we mentioned, how much your divorce costs can vary based on whether you file contested or uncontested or whether you mediate your divorce.
- How willing each party is to compromise. If either party is dragging their feet or is unwilling to mediate, that can affect the cost of your divorce. Not only can it make your mediation or litigation case take longer but it can also complicate your case, which can lead to more financial considerations.
- Whether you hire experts. Depending on your case, you may need the help of a forensic accountant, a private investigator, a child psychologist, or another type of expert. For instance, if you suspect your spouse is hiding assets, a forensic accountant can help you track down the assets. In another case, a private investigator may be able to help you collect evidence to support your case for child custody, alimony, etc.
- Whether kids are involved. The average cost of divorce increases to $21,500 if the divorcing couple have children.
- Whether you have any other complexities. If you are involved in a high asset or high net worth divorce or have other unique issues in your divorce, that can require the help of experts, which we mentioned can add to the cost of your divorce. You will also need the help of a specialized divorce attorney.
Consult with Our Firm
At William Kirby Law, Family Law Attorneys, we understand that you don’t want to have to break the bank to get a divorce. If you are planning to file or have filed for divorce, you can discuss your case and budget with our attorney. When working with our team, we can advise you of the potential costs of divorce on a case-specific basis and can help you avoid certain financial pitfalls throughout your case.
Learn more about how we can help you by calling (215) 515-9901 or reaching out online today.