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How Much Does It Cost to Apply for a Divorce?

Getting a divorce can be a relatively straightforward and inexpensive process. It ultimately depends on the individual circumstances.

Author: Tom Ellicott 

24 January 2023

Getting a divorce can be a relatively straightforward and inexpensive process. It ultimately depends on the individual circumstances. At Access Law Group our family lawyers help clients in Sydney, Wollongong and Camden manage the divorce process as easily and as cheaply as possible. Below, we look at some of the factors that can influence the cost.

Application for Divorce Cost

The Application for Divorce currently costs $930, plus the government filing fee. You’re required to pay this fee at the time of application. You may be eligible for a reduced Application fee of $310 if you’re:

  • Living under financial hardship
  • Receiving Legal Aid
  • Aged 18 or under
  • Receiving Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY payments
  • Currently a prison inmate or are legally detained in a public institution
  • Have a Department of Human Services healthcare card, pensioner concession card, or a Department of Veterans Affairs card

If you’re filing a joint application, both parties must be considered eligible for the reduced fee or else the full fee will still apply.

These fees are subject to change.

Initiating Application Fee

If you’re the person making the application, you may have to pay a fee of between $360 to $715 for initiating the application. The cost will depend on whether you’re seeking a final order, an interim order or a financial or parenting order.

Service Fees

If you apply for a divorce as a sole applicant, then you need to have your partner served with the application for divorce. As you’re not allowed to serve the application to them yourself, you can have this done by a third party, or by posting the documents to them directly.

Response to the Party Initiating

If you’re responding to an Application for Divorce and agree, then you typically won’t pay any fees. If you oppose the divorce application, or want the court to make a different order, a fee of $360 applies to change the application.

If You Go to Court

Divorce only relates to the dissolution of a marriage and not the potential surrounding issues of property settlements and custody arrangements. If there are disputes that require you to hire divorce lawyers and go to court, the costs can become more significant. According to Money Magazine, it can cost $50,000 and $100,000 on average if going to court to resolve your matter.

The more amicable the divorce, the less it costs. If there are disputes, you can avoid costly court proceedings through mediation services with a divorce lawyer, who can help find compromises and solutions that satisfy both parties.

Family Lawyers in Wollongong, Camden and Sydney

Speak to a divorce lawyer at Access Law Group for advice and assistance managing the divorce process in Wollongong, Camden and Sydney. Call us today on 02 4220 7100 or contact us online.