Divorce Cost in Montana

On average, the cost of a divorce in the state of Montana exceeds $8,400. This is due in part to attorney fees that average out to approximately $160 per hour, and account for a significant percentage of divorce costs. The actual cost will depend on a number of factors such as property owned by the couple and any custody or alimony conflicts that may arise.

Montana is a “no-fault-state”. This eliminates the need to provide the court with grounds for divorce such as irreconcilable differences or adultery. Couples with children or a high net-worth typically spend more in divorce proceedings than a couple with minimal divisible assets and no children.

Should either party complicate the process and special services are require, a Montana divorce can cost as much as $21,400. If applicable, a couple should attempt to reach a settlement suitable to both parties before trial, to minimize divorce costs rather than leave decisions on things like custody and spousal support up to attorneys and judges. Because each divorce case is different, some couples find themselves in much longer and expensive divorce proceedings than they initially anticipated, creating stressful financial burdens in some situations.

Couples who are able to amicably come to conclusions regarding their divorce and file an uncontested divorce may find that the costs are significantly less, at just under $800 in total. Be sure to inquire about filing fees in your county of residence for the most accurate and up to date information regarding filing fees in the state of Montana.

Name of the service Costs
Court filing fee $200
Summons $55-$100
Notary costs $5
Papers service $55-$100
Attorney services $160 per hour (on average)

There are also additional expenses that may be needed:

Name of the service Costs
Property appraisal $200-$950
Parenting classes $25-$85 per spouse
Psychological services $40-$170 (per hour)
Certifications $2 (per page)
Copies $1 (per page)
Legal separation $180