Court Filing Fees by State: How Much Does it Cost to File for Divorce in…

Court Filing Fees: How Much Does it Cost to File for Divorce in…

When you need to know how much does it cost to file for divorce in your state…

Everyday in America, somebody googles “how much does it cost to file for divorce” in their state. It is one of the FAQs about divorce that most people want to know.

The answer, you will discover, depends not just on the state but on the county, circuit or district within the state in which you live. And the variances are wild. It can be as inexpensive as $60 as in the state of Wyoming, to close to $600 in a states like Nevada and Minnesota.

So to answer the question “how much does it cost to file for divorce” the short answer is, where do you live? And do you have children? Do you want to file a contested or uncontested divorce?

Note that answering this question of “how much does it cost to file for divorce in your state” (as far as the filing fee for the court (court fee)) does not really tell you much about the actual costs of the divorce from start to finish.  There are many other charges such as the attorneys fees. Attorneys are expensive. Their fees can run into the thousands of dollars. Added to that, if you require additional motions or restraining orders and things like that, your divorce can become very expensive.

This article is just to give you a ballpark average price of court filing fees in your state. It may not be 100% accurate by the time you read this article so you should still do additional research by googling “how much does it cost to get divorced in…” as well as directly with the divorce court. Literally call up the court or take a visit over there to find out what the fees are, or simply ask your attorney how much are the court fees to get the most up to date information.

Below are the minimum ballpark figures for court filing fees by state as of this writing. Note about court fee waiver in a divorce action: if you are poor and indigent in most states you can have these filing fees waived.

List of Court Filing Fees by State

Alabama……………………………………$200 +
Alaska……………………………………….$200
Arizona………………………………………$223
Arkansas……………………………………..$150
California…………………………………….$300 +
Colorado………………………………………$195

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Connecticut………………………………….$525
Delaware ………………………………………$160
Florida ………………………………………….$428
Georgia …………………………………………$150
Hawaii ………………………………………….$200 – $250
Idaho …………………………………………….$207
Illinois……………………………………………$200 (varies county to county)
Indiana ………………………………………. $181
Iowa……………………………………………$185 (VARIES by county)
Kansas;……………………………………….$400
Kentucky……………………………………$113
Louisiana………………………………….$210 – $325 (VARIES BY PARISH)
Maine………………………………………..$150
Maryland…………………………………..$165
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Massachusetts……………………………$200
Michigan…………………………………..$150
Minnesota…………………………………$500+-(varies by county)
Mississippi…………………………………$ 150 – $200 (depends on the county)
Missouri…………………………………….$150 + –
Montana…………………………………….$200
Nebraska……………………………………..$233
Nevada……………………………………….$325 -$600
New Hampshire………………………….$252
New Jersey…………………………………$250 – $280
New Mexico………………………………..$137
New York………………………………….$210 + $125
North Carolina……………………………. $225
North Dakota…………………………………$80
Ohio……………………………………………….$300-400
Oklahoma…………………………………….$170 – 195
Oregon…………………………………………..$273
Pennsylvania……………………………….$300 – $600 (depends on county)
Rhode Island…………………………………$120
South Carolina……………………………..$100 – $175
South Dakota………………………………$95
Tennessee…………………………………..$184 – $384
Texas………………………………………….$250 – $300
Utah…………………………………………..$225 – $318
Vermont…………………………………..$295
Virginia……………………………………..$290 + –
Washington……………………………….$280
West Virginia…………………………..$200
Wisconsin……………………………..$184 – $194
Wyoming……………………………..$60 -$80