It is quite difficult to estimate the total cost of a divorce as each person’s situation is different. Firstly, there is the filing fee to the pay to the court when you lodge your divorce application. This is currently $900.
You may be eligible for a reduced filing fee, currently $300, if you can demonstrate financial hardship or if you hold certain government concession cards, such as a pensioner concession card or a Commonwealth seniors health card. When applying for divorce online, you can pay the filing fee through the Commonwealth Courts Portal.
It is also possible to pay in court registries by EFTPOS, debit or credit card, or by mail with a Visa or Mastercard by using the credit card payment form. Filing for divorce is only about ending your marriage. If you are seeking other orders, such as for parenting or finance, you will need to pay the associated filing fees when making your application.
These applications include initiating applications, applications for consent orders and applications for interim orders. Unlike when filing an application for divorce, you may be eligible for an exemption of fees when making any of these other applications. Again, this is if you are a concession card holder or able to demonstrate financial hardship.
These other applications for orders are the last resort when you and your spouse cannot agree on financial or parenting arrangements. If you and your spouse have come to an agreement and do not need to resolve any dispute in court, you may wish to apply for consent orders to make this agreement official, which carries a fee.
Seeking a lawyer’s advice or legal representation in court means you will have to pay legal costs, usually on an hourly basis. These can be quite high. Apart from the filing fee, it is hard to say how much a divorce will cost.