Divorce costs fall into two categories: court fees and lawyer fees. Although court fees are imposed at different points in the divorce process, lawyers fees are charged at an hourly rate by your divorce attorney. These fees can range from $150 to $1,100 per hour. The longer a divorce takes, the greater the expense from lawyer fees.

The main driver of divorce costs is disagreement between the parties, with more disagreement leading to higher costs. In an uncontested divorce, the lawyer fees and the court fees may be about the same. In a contested divorce, however, the lawyer fees will most likely be higher than the court fees.