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How much does divorce cost in Canada?

Key takeaways

  • Average legal fees for divorce can run from $1,000 to $25,000.
  • Your divorce cost will depend on how complex your situation is and how amicable you are with your spouse.
  • There are additional costs to getting divorced.

How much divorce costs

According to a 2021 survey, on average, for legal fees alone, an uncontested divorce costs $1,000 to $2,000 and a contested divorce costs $7,500 to $25,000. 

The factors that impact divorce costs

Generally, the cost of a divorce will be influenced by how complicated your unique situation is and how much conflict there is between you and your spouse.

Uncontested divorce

If both spouses agree to divorce, and can agree on all divorce-related decisions, including property division, custody of any children and child and spousal support, you can file an uncontested divorce (also known as a simple divorce).

You can consult a lawyer or divorce mediator to help you negotiate and create your uncontested divorce agreement if you wish.

Some provinces provide the option to file for a simple divorce online without ever having to go to court.

Contested divorce

If you and your spouse can’t agree on all the terms of your divorce, then you’ll file a contested divorce application. This can be done 2 ways:

  1. One spouse files an application and the other spouse can contest it
  2. Both spouses file an application

In either situation, both spouses will be represented by separate lawyers who will negotiate and complete terms of your divorce. If the situation is complex or the parties are not on good terms with one another, the process will likely take longer and be more expensive. Even a 2-day trial could cost $3,500 to $20,000.

The other costs of divorce

So far, we’ve just discussed the costs to get divorced. However, divorce has a long-term impact on both spouses as they’ll be supporting 2 households instead of just 1, and splitting their assets including pension plans, workplace benefits, retirement savings and property.

What's next?

Now that you have an idea about how much divorce costs, why not meet with an advisor or if your workplace benefits are with Canada Life, contact a heath and wealth consultant to:

  • Create a post-divorce budget
  • Build a plan to achieve your post-divorce saving goals
  • Discuss estate planning changes

This information is general in nature and is intended for informational purposes only. For specific situations you should consult the appropriate legal, accounting or tax advisor.

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