Divorce Cost in New Mexico

The divorce cost in New Mexico is $10,700 on average if there are no serious problems with child custody, property division, or alimony. The number may range from $3,500 to $23,000. This includes the average divorce cost of $16,000 in cases with child custody problems, $14,800 – with alimony issues, and $15,000 – with property disputes. The range also includes expenses for the cases that need trial.

To be more precise, if a trial is needed over one of the three factors, the average numbers will change as following:

  • Cases with trial over child custody – $18,800.
  • Cases with trial over alimony – $22,300.
  • Cases with trial over property division – $18,800.

High-net worth divorce cost is around $27,300, but the number may go up to $200,000 if there’s need for multiple trials, additional specialists, evaluations, etc.

The procedure may also cost much cheaper if the spouses agree to an uncontested divorce. Some couples don’t hire an attorney, which saves most of the money. Although they have to gather all the paperwork themselves in such a case, there are online services that may help. Then the divorce cost in NM will be about $150-$300 plus mandatory fees.

The main expenses to pay in a regular divorce are:

Name of the service Costs
Court filing fee $135-$155
Summons $5-$10
Notary costs $0.05 per signature
Certification $1.50
Copies $0.35
Outgoing faxes $2.50 per page
Attorney services $200 per hour (on average)

There are also additional expenses that may be needed:

Name of the service Costs
Property appraisal $441 (on average)
Parent education classes $25-$85 per spouse
Child custody evaluation $3,600-$12,000, the hourly rate of a specialist is usually about $180

It would be wise to consult specialists and local courts on the up-to-date mandatory fees, hourly rates, etc. The numbers may change, and this will influence the proper estimation of the final divorce cost.