How Much Does It Cost to File for Legal Separation?

Updated January 8, 2024
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How Much Does It Cost To File for Legal Separation?

While it's not comforting to hear, the reality is that not all marriages last. Indeed, couples frequently navigate through annulment, divorce, or legal separation. Recent studies indicate that up to 50% of all marriages in the U.S. may end in divorce. Given the prevalence of such outcomes, understanding how much legal separation costs could help you make informed decisions.


Legal separations are joint and, in certain circumstances, the most cost-effective and practical solution for estranged married couples. When considering the financial implications of separating from a spouse, many often wonder, "How much does it cost to file legal separation?" 

Generally, filing for legal separation may cost up to $300, but costs can rise if lawyers, accountants, appraisers, and other professionals get involved. Moreover, the court fees, professional fees, and other expenses associated with the division of assets and childcare responsibilities could also affect the total amount. Therefore, it's essential to thoroughly evaluate all aspects and potential costs related to legal separation before deciding.

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Yevheniia Savchenko

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