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A Yardstick for Divorce Costs

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If you're contemplating divorce, there's a part of you that's extremely interested in what the process might wind up costing you. Most people immediately think 'expensive', and it certainly can be, if one or both partners are stubborn and close-minded. But couples should keep the price of their wedding in mind when comparing the cost of undoing it.

According to Lawyers.com, depending on your particular situation, the total costs for divorce here in Nevada typically run between $4,000 and $30,000. The average cost of a divorce for a couples without any minor children is $13,700, which rises to $19,000+ if there are serious issues with property division or spousal support. If minor children are involved, the average cost is $20,600. Attorneys's fees are, on average, $10,800.

Compare those costs to what you might spend in mediation. Assume the mediator's fee is $250 per hour, both for any sessions you have and the time spent drafting your agreement or prepari…