Divorce Cost in South Dakota

The divorce cost in South Dakota is $10,900 on average, with an overall range of $3,500 to $25,000. If there are child custody issues, the average cost will be about $13,700 and about $19,200 if a trial is needed. If there are disagreements over alimony, the divorce cost in SD rises to about $11,700 or $22,700 for a case that goes to trial. And if your divorce involves property division problems, the case may cost about $10,900, while if trial is needed – about $19,200.

Remember that severe disagreements will be resolved during hearings or trials. Such difficulties may increase the cost of a divorce up to $200,000. In such a case, most of the money will go for the attorney services, child/property/finance specialists, and trials.

If you have no disputes with your spouse and want to go for an uncontested divorce, the cost is far lower. There’s also a possibility to start a marriage dissolution online, and in such a case, the divorce fee in SD will be about $300.

Here are the main costs to cover:

Name of the service Costs
Court filing fee $95
Summons $5-$10
Notary costs $10 per signature
Papers service about $35-40
Attorney services $210 per hour (on average)
S.M.I.L.E (Start Make it Livable for Everyone)
a mandatory program to attend if you live in Minnehaha or Lincoln county
$5 per registration

Some of the additional expenses are:

Name of the service Costs
Property appraisal $291 per house
1 trial day about $2,000
1 hearing $500-$600 for a regular one
about $1,000 for a more complicated one

The numbers may differ year to year due to the changes in the local law. So, before you file with the court, consult with an attorney the changes in legal fees.