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How much is a Divorce? Can I do my divorce any cheaper?
These are some of the most common questions asked about Divorce.
Different lawyers will charge different amounts for their services and so you should always obtain a quote before you give instructions to proceed. Most law firms should be able to give a quote (or a minimum and maximum cost range) for doing your divorce.
You should obtain your own quote and not rely on the quote given to a friend or family member as quotes can vary depending on your personal circumstances and how much work will be involved.
You can make doing your divorce cheaper by doing it yourself. You can read more about how to do this in our fact sheet giving the list of steps to do your divorce which also gives you links to the free court divorce do it yourself kits.
Even if you prepare your Divorce Application yourself, there is still an application fee payable to the Court.
You might be eligible to a reduced court application fee. You might be entitled to a reduced fee if you hold certain government concession cards, or if you can demonstrate financial hardship. You should note though, if your Application for Divorce is a joint one, then both of you as Joint Applicants must meet all of the requirements for an exemption/reduced fee, or the full fee will still apply.
The Divorce Application fee is payable to the Court at the beginning of your matter when you file your Application for Divorce in Court.
You will not be able to lodge your Application for Divorce in Court without paying the court application fee.
The Application for Divorce fee payable to the Court is currently $865.00 and the reduced fee if you are eligible for it is currently $290.00.
There is also a non-financial intangible cost of divorce.
For many couples, financial hardship will follow their relationship breakdown, separation and divorce.
Amongst other things, once a relationship has broken down, living standards often decline and disposable incomes drop.
This can also take an emotional toll on a person and cause significant stress, which can adversely impact the way you enjoy life and sometimes, also your ability to work.
Doctors and Counsellors can often assist a person dealing with the after effects of relationship breakdown, separation and divorce.
Make doing your divorce yourself easy and save the money you would pay a lawyer to do your Divorce. Use our fact sheet providing A list of steps you need to take to get a Divorce which gives you an easy to follow procedure to do your divorce.
Be prepared for your Divorce Court Hearing. Read our fact sheet What happens at the Divorce Hearing.
Don't forget to deal with the important legal issues which if not dealt with, could adversely affect your children and family. Make sure you read the fact sheet How does Divorce affects your Will, Superannuation, Life Insurance and family after death.
You can read information in our fact sheet on What you need to do to be able to apply for a Divorce including information about the requirements to apply, overseas marriages, separations under the same roof and how periods of reconciliation are treated.
If you have been married for less than two years the court has extra requirements you will need to know about and make sure you comply with to get a Divorce in Australia. These additional requirements are explained in our fact sheet Divorce for Marriages under 2 years duration.
The Courts will not consider every issue you may be worried about when granting a divorce. The issues the Court looks at are fairly narrow and are detailed in our fact sheet What things will a Court want to know to grant a Divorce.
Michelle Beatty, Senior Lawyer
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