Divorce Cost in Louisiana

The minimal divorce cost in Louisiana will vary from about $290 to $530 depending on the parish and papers service fee. You should check what the current fees are in your parish to determine the exact amount. The average cost of a Louisiana divorce is $12,600. The average hourly rate of the local attorney is $250.

An uncontested divorce for a couple with no children who part amicably can go forward smoothly. In this case, you won’t have to pay much over the minimal amount of mandatory court filing fees and some notarized copies. More complicated cases can be successfully mediated to cut the cost of legal counsel to a minimum. In these situations, the hourly rate of an attorney should be about $100.

In contested cases with children involved the average divorce cost in Louisiana can go up to $19,000. The most expensive cases are the ones that go to trial. In this situation, you should expect to spend over $20,000.

Please bear in mind that every divorce case is unique. That’s why it’s impossible to predict the exact divorce cost in Louisiana. Usually, it’s advised to consult an attorney in order to determine the costs necessary to cover your personal case. Even then, it’s important to consider that your spouse can hire an attorney of their own. The total cost will increase the longer and more complicated the case gets. This means that the more one of the spouses fights, the higher are the costs for both.

Name of the service Costs
Court filing fee $200-$400
Summons $50-$80
Notary costs No set fee
Papers service $20-$50
Attorney services $250 per hour (on average)

There are also additional expenses that may be needed:

Name of the service Costs
Property appraisal $304 (on average)
Parenting classes $25-$85 per spouse
Psychological services $60-$150 (per hour)
Certifications $5-$11
Copies $0.5-$1 (per page)