In Canada, according to the Vanier Institute, about four in 10 marriages will end in divorce within 30 years of tying the knot. However, getting divorced can be pricey and the more acrimonious the split, the bigger the price tag can be. Becoming single and carefree again after you’ve been stuck in an unhappy marriage involves all kinds of fees you’ve never even thought of. Here’s how much divorce will actually cost you in 2020.
Lawyer’s fee per party: $600 to $1,600 for an uncontested divorce
Mediation: from $5 per hour
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Lawyer’s fee per party: $7,500 to $15,000 for a contested divorce
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Lawyer’s fee per party: $1,500 to $3,000 for a separation agreement
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Lawyer’s fee per party: $1,500 to $2,500 for a child custody and support agreement
Lawyer’s fee per party: $800 to $2,400 for a spousal support agreement
Lawyer’s fee per party: $1,801 to $2,800 for a division of property/assets agreement
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Lawyer’s fee per party: less than $13,000 to $21,000 for trial up to two days
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Lawyer’s fee per party: less than $26,000 to $53,000 for trial up to five days
Expert fees: $2,000 to $15,000
Divorce application filing fee: depends on province or territory
Federal registration fee: $10
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Bailiffs: depends on province or territory
Additional court fees: depends on province or territory
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Legally changing your name: depends on province or territory
Lawyer’s fee: $701 to $800 for residential real estate sale
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Lawyer’s fee: $300 to $1,700 for drawing up a will
Additional costs: depends on your situation
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