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How Much Does a Divorce Cost in New York

By Spodek Law Group | July 17, 2023
(Last Updated On: October 15, 2023)

Last Updated on: 15th October 2023, 09:15 am

How Much Does a Divorce Cost in New York?

Getting divorced in New York can be an expensive and complicated process. The total cost of a divorce often depends on whether it is contested or uncontested, if you have children, the complexity of dividing assets, and other factors. Here is an overview of the typical costs associated with getting divorced in New York:

Court Fees

There are certain mandatory court fees you will have to pay when filing for divorce in New York. This includes:

  • Index Number Fee – $210 to start a divorce case and get an index number
  • Filing Fee – Minimum of $335 just to file the paperwork. This covers summons, complaint, etc.
  • Additional fees may apply depending on your county and situation. For example, filing a separation agreement costs $35.

So at a minimum, you are looking at $335-$545 just in court fees to file for divorce in New York.

Hiring a divorce lawyer is one of the biggest expenses for many couples. Legal fees often make up the bulk of the total cost. Here are some typical legal fees for a New York divorce:

  • Hourly Rate – Most divorce lawyers charge between $200-$500+ per hour. The average is around $350/hour.
  • Flat Fee – Some lawyers charge a flat fee for an uncontested divorce, often $1500-$3000.
  • Retainer – You will likely have to pay an upfront retainer, which is like a deposit. This can be $2000-$5000+ or more.
  • Unbundled Services – You can pay a lawyer for just certain tasks like document review, rather than full representation. This can lower costs.
  • Contested vs. Uncontested – A contested divorce with a trial will be much more in legal fees than an uncontested case. At least $20,000+ difference on average.

So if your divorce is amicable and uncontested, you may spend $2000-$5000 total in legal fees. But a long contested divorce can easily exceed $50,000+ in lawyers’ fees altogether.


Many couples use mediation to resolve divorce disputes. This involves hiring a neutral third-party mediator rather than litigation. The typical cost of divorce mediation in New York ranges from $200-$300 per hour. Some charge flat fees like $5000 to mediate an entire divorce. It is usually much less expensive than a contested court divorce.

Expert Witnesses

If you have complicated assets to divide, like real estate or a business, you may need to hire expert witnesses to appraise the value. Expect to spend at least $2000-$5000 for an expert witness or valuation professional. The more complex your assets, the more this may cost.

Serving Your Spouse

You will need to legally serve the divorce papers to your spouse. This is done by a process server and costs around $50-$100 on average. If your spouse avoids service, it could cost more to finally serve them successfully.

Miscellaneous Costs

Here are some potential additional divorce costs to be aware of:

  • Copying, printing, mailing fees
  • Child custody evaluations – $5000+
  • Court reporters for hearings/trial
  • Accountants for tax advice
  • Financial advisors for divorce planning
  • Therapy/counseling for you or children
  • Real estate appraisals if dividing property
  • Refinancing mortgage in your name after divorce

Cost Factors That Increase Divorce Expenses

Here are some of the main factors that tend to increase the overall cost of divorce in New York:

  • Contested vs. uncontested – Contested is much more expensive with attorneys battling it out. Uncontested with agreement is cheaper.
  • Fault vs. no-fault – A fault divorce alleging misconduct is longer and more complex. No-fault based on irreconcilable differences is simpler.
  • Custody disputes – Fighting over child custody and visitation drives up costs quickly.
  • Complex asset division – Dividing multiple properties, businesses, pensions, etc makes it more expensive.
  • Spousal support disputes – Arguing over alimony and having to calculate support adds costs.
  • Hiding assets – If a spouse hides assets, the other has to spend more to trace them.
  • Uncooperative spouse – A spouse who stonewalls or won’t negotiate drives up fees fast.

Average Cost of Divorce in New York

So how much does the average divorce cost in New York altogether? Here are the typical price ranges:

  • Uncontested divorce – $5000-$7000 on average
  • Contested divorce – $15,000-$25,000+ on average
  • Divorce involving child custody disputes – $15,000-$20,000+ on average
  • High net worth divorce with complex assets – $50,000+ on average

The average total cost of divorce in New York is estimated to be around $14,500. But that is just an average. The costs in your particular case may be higher or lower depending on the specifics.

Tips for Reducing Divorce Costs

Here are some tips to help control costs and minimize expenses when getting divorced in New York:

  • Consider mediation before litigation. It can save thousands in legal fees.
  • Be organized with documentation of assets/finances to streamline dividing property.
  • Ask about unbundled legal services rather than full representation if possible.
  • Be cooperative and willing to compromise – don’t fight over every little thing.
  • Create a separation agreement if you can agree on terms, rather than litigating.
  • Choose an experienced divorce lawyer who can expedite the process.
  • Work on communication and anger management skills to avoid court battles.
  • Try to use one neutral expert for valuations rather than each hiring your own.
  • See if you qualify for free or low-cost legal assistance.
  • Minimize unnecessary motions and court hearings that rack up fees.
  • Consider if you can use a collaborative divorce process.

Getting divorced is a major financial decision that requires planning and budgeting. While you can’t avoid court fees and legal costs, understanding the estimated expenses in New York can help you be strategic and save where possible. Controlling costs allows you to move onto the next chapter of your life faster.

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