What Is the Average Cost of a Divorce Attorney?

What Is the Average Cost of a Divorce Attorney?

As of 2015, the average hourly rate for divorce attorney is $250 per hour, according to Nolo. Nolo readers reported paying an average of $12,800 in attorneys' fees during a divorce.

People with uncontested divorces can expect to pay less, as the couple agrees on the divorce terms and conditions without going to court. People who choose to handle their divorces through mediation and arbitration generally pay less in attorneys' fees because they are avoiding lengthy trials, reports LegalZoom.

If a divorce case does reach court, the number of issues brought to trial can increase the total cost of attorneys' fees. Couples who had their divorces handled in court reported paying an average of $15,800, states Nolo.