What Is The Cost Of A Divorce In Massachusetts?

Cost of divorce in Massachusetts

by Amy Saunders

This is often the first question for anyone considering a divorce. How much is it going to cost me to get a divorce? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t a simple one.

It is important to keep in mind that traditional divorce is not always the right path for everyone. A divorce can be achieved for as little as $1,500 to $4,000. My most recent divorce mediation was completed in as little as 2 weeks at a cost of $1,500. We will discuss these options later in this article.

For a traditional, contested divorce, our firm aims to keep our cases between the $3,000 to $5,000 range.  However, the generally accepted figure is somewhere between $6,000 and $10,000 when the matters involve and high-value real estate, child custody issues and diversified assets. This is due to adversarial relationships, the need for costly analysis, appraisals, and pension fund experts. The key to preventing a bad situation for your future is to educate yourself and make decisions you will be happy with 5 years from now.

Less expensive alternatives to traditional divorce include mediation, and collaborative divorce. If both parties feel they can agree to a collaborative divorce and mediation — fees can be limited to the $2,000-$4,000 range. The role of a mediator is to represent both parties interests equally. The mediator can be considered a representative for both parties providing a fair and equal agreement in the best interests of both sides. In these cases – a divorce tends to be a healthier experience.

The Real Cost of Divorce

The real long-term cost of divorce can come from not understanding the legal and financial consequences of an unfair or poorly drafted settlement. Hidden taxes, child care costs, depreciating assets and a budget that cannot withstand the pressures of inflation will cause people to literally go bankrupt as a result of divorce. The cost of an experienced attorney, mediator and court costs, pale by comparison over time.

Collaborative or Adversarial 

The primary differences in cost is whether the divorce is collaborative or adversarial. You really need to come to agreements and avoid arguing. The reason why divorce becomes expensive is when parties cannot reach an agreement. This is when  decisions need to be negotiated by the attorneys and judge costing you substantial monies. The important thing to remember here is to always choose your attorney and mediator carefully. You want someone with extensive experience and someone that can create a mutual agreement in the most difficult of situations.

To view our article on the top 10 ways to save money in a divorce, click here.


Attorney Amy Saunders, Esq.
Divorce and Mediation Lawyer
Legal Solutions Law Group PC
858 Washington St Suite 103
Dedham, Massachusetts 02026

Call 508-687-0080 Email Me Text Me at 508-687-0080

In accordance with the rules of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, this website must be labeled as advertising.  It is intended to provide only general information for readers and is not a substitute for legal advice or a legal opinion on any specific facts or circumstances.  In using this site, you understand and acknowledge that there is no attorney client relationship between you and the attorney.

Filing For Divorce And Bankruptcy At The Same Time?

Author: Catherine Becker Good, Esq.

If you are facing divorce and bankruptcy, which should you file first?  The answer depends upon your particular situation. One situation in which you may want to file for bankruptcy first is where most of your debt is joint debt…

(Read More)

How to Succeed at Raising Your Kids Together, Apart

Author: Amy Saunders, Esq.

Article by Erin Levine Click here to view the original article and image credits on HelloDivorce.com In more than 12 years of working in family law, I’ve worked with hundreds (thousands?) of individuals and couples who have decided…

(Read More)
Divorce Mediation in Massachusetts

Divorce Mediation? Is it Right for Me?

Author: Amy Saunders, Esq.

Divorce Mediation is not well known. When most people think of divorce the first thought is going broke on lawyers, and sitting in court rooms.   Mediation has none of those features. Mediation is scheduled on your own time, in…

(Read More)