Divorce Cost in Michigan

The average divorce cost in Michigan is around $12,000 for families without minor children. If There are minors involved in a contested divorce, the average might get up to $19,000. The minimal cost of the court filing fees is $150 ($230 with children). The costs of notarizing, copies, and paper serving amount to about $50. This means that the barest minimum cost of a divorce in Michigan is about $300.

However, even without hiring an attorney, one should prepare to spend about $1,500 on a Michigan divorce. This will include court filing fees, property appraisals, necessary notary services, and psychological services.

The average hourly rate for a Michigan divorce lawyer is $250. One should be aware that the common hourly rate for a divorce where the couples settle all major issues and have no children is about $100. It can go up to $500 and above if the case goes to trial and the matters of child custody, alimony, and property division cannot be settled out of court. In these situations the total average divorce cost in Michigan can reach $25,000 and above.

Please be aware that the size of mandatory court filing fees can change occasionally. These are changes mandated by the state of federal government. Therefore, you should always double-check the current fees in your county when preparing to file for a divorce.

Name of the service Costs
Court filing fee $175-$255
Summons $26
Notary costs $10
Papers service $26-$30
Attorney services $250 per hour (on average)

There are also additional expenses that may be needed:

Name of the service Costs
Property appraisal $282 (on average)
Parenting classes $25-$85 per spouse
Psychological services $50-$200 (per hour)
Certifications $10-$11
Copies $0.5-$1.50 (per page)