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Getting Divorced in Utah: What is a Divorce Going to Cost Me?

divorceUnfortunately, there is no price tag on divorce. The many variables that come up in a divorce are impossible to predict. In fact, none of the attorneys that I talked to would even give an estimate because it can vary so drastically. However, an attorney will ask for a retainer to even start the process and a typical initial retainer often runs around $5000. Occasionally, in a case that looks to be uncontested you might be able to find someone that will go as low as $2500 for the initial retainer fee, but remember that is no guarantee of what the final bill may be.

The Utah Courts government website provided the following list of some of the costs and fees associated with a divorce, but they also acknowledged that the cost can “vary greatly”.

  • Fee to file the petition
  • Online Court Assistance (OCAP) fees
  • Fee for the Office of Vital Records and Statistics
  • Fees to serve the petition and summons
  • Attorney fees
  • Copying costs
  • Fees for the Divorce Education class and the Divorce Orientation class if there are minor children
  • Fees for mediation

The more you and your spouse can agree on outside of the court with or without mediation is going to help reduce attorney costs.

Good luck in your search for answers. I hope this is helpful.

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**I am not an attorney and am in no way trying to give legal advice or practice law. The information on this website is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact an attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem.

Two attorneys in St. George, Utah that practice family law are Sam Draper and Adam Caldwell. The primary source for information on this site has been the Utah Courts Website.

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