Divorce Cost in Missouri

Divorce in Missouri can be very costly at an average of over $20,000. In situations where an attorney is required, you may be requested to pay a retainer of $500 up to $25,000. In addition to a retainer, attorney’s hourly rates are as much as $200 per hour.

The cost of divorce in Missouri is dependent on the complexity of your divorce. A lesser amount can be expected if your divorce is uncontested. In cases of uncontested divorce in Missouri, most attorney’s will charge you a flat fee rather than by the hour. Flat fees average anywhere from $300 to $500.

You can expect rates to be on the higher-end if you have children or a high net worth. Real estate appraisals are required for couples whom share properties and cost between $200 and $300 per property.

Court fees should also be considered when estimating the cost of your divorce. Filing fees for divorce in the state of Missouri are between $163 and $225. You must serve your spouse via sheriff and you can expect to pay a fee of around $25. If you do not know the location of your spouse or the authorities have trouble locating your spouse, you can expect these prices to increase.

Name of the service Costs
Court filing fee $108-$225
Summons $30-$36 + mileage
Notary costs $2
Papers service $30-$62 + mileage
Attorney services $250 per hour (on average)

There are also additional expenses that may be needed:

Name of the service Costs
Property appraisal $284 (on average)
Parenting classes $25-$85 per spouse
Child custody evaluation $1000-$1200
Psyhological services $60-$210
Certifications $1.50-$4.00 1st page, $0.3-$1.00 per additional page or $1-1.50 per document
Copies $0.25-$2.00 (per page)
Legal separation $145