Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Friday, June 18, 2021

The Expensive Divorce

From Psychology Today:

The right to marry, and the right to end a marriage through divorce, are both fundamental constitutional rights.

According to a new Harvard Law School study, access to a lawyer significantly impacts the ability of low-income individuals to obtain a divorce. Not only is the divorce system technically difficult without counsel, the process is emotionally difficult without support.

According to a 2019 survey by Martindale-Nolo Research, the average cost for a divorce in the United States is $12,900. Much of this cost is attributable to attorneys’ fees. Although a couple can divorce without attorney, the divorce system is so complicated that costly mistakes may ultimately cost more than attorney’s fees.

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