Divorce Is Most Expensive in This State

Sorry, Californians
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2017 7:14 PM CST
Divorce Is Most Expensive in This State
The Los Angeles skyline is seen from Dodger Stadium before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds, Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)

If your marriage is on the rocks, here's hoping you don't live in California. 24/7 Wall St. looked at the average cost of a divorce based on data from a lawyer marketing service—including attorney fees, court filing costs, and other legal fees—and found that the Golden State is the one where ending a marriage will cost you the most. Nationally, divorce attorney fees are, on average, $250 per hour, but in some major metropolitan areas they'll set you back $500 per hour. Factors ranging from number of assets to whether a couple has children can also make quite a difference in how much a divorce costs and how long the process takes. Divorces involving property division or alimony will also be more expensive, and those that go to trial can be very expensive. Overall, the 10 most expensive states in which to get divorced and the average cost in those states:

  1. California: $17,500
  2. New York: $17,100
  3. Delaware: $16,200
  4. Massachusetts: $15,900
  5. New Jersey: $15,600
  6. Texas: $15,600
  7. Connecticut: $15,500
  8. Georgia: $14,700
  9. Colorado: $14,500
  10. Virginia: $14,500
Click for the complete list. (More divorce stories.)

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