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How much does it cost to get a divorce or separate?

One of the most common questions we get asked is “how much does it cost to separate or divorce?”. The answer to this really depends on you and your partner. If you can work through your separation in a calm and amicable way, the cost will be far less and you will likely reach an outcome and agreement much faster.

The cost of divorce and separation can be best explained with this infographic, showing the different paths and different timeframes for each outcome.

How much does guided separation cost diagram

It explains the cost and timeframe for:

  • Facilitation
  • Independent legal advisors with mediation
  • Going to court, where you need legal advisors and barristers to represent you in court.

You can see from this, there are many benefits if you can remain amicable, although this is not always possible in every situation.


What is a Guided Separation?

The Separation Guide has been set up to guide you and provide the resources and tools to separate well and try to stay that way. With input from psychologists and marriage counsellors, financial advisors and accountants, the tools give you the knowledge to make better decisions as you go through the process.

Our goal is to help you reach an amicable outcome with your partner, making the process simpler, more manageable, less expensive.

The Separation Guide interactive Q&A was created to reduce the fear of the unknown that people typically experience when going through the separation process. Traditionally, information out there has included a lot of unfamiliar terms and legal jargon, terms that most people have never had to face before. It is daunting. And let’s face it, when you are going through this you are already in a pretty emotional and stressful time in your life.

The Separation Guide interactive Q&A has made it easier for you to learn about the process and define the best approach for your unique situation. We generally suggest that both you and your partner go through the Q&A so you are equally informed of the facts.


So, what is the average cost of a divorce or separation in Australia?

According to Money Magazine, the average cost is between $50,000 – $100,000 and can take up to 3 years if going through to court. The alternative, done through an amicable pathway such as Guided Separation, can cost as little at $5,000 – $15,000 and be resolved quickly and amicably with the decisions in your hands.

Start the Q&A today and start accessing the resources you need for a faster and more cost-effective pathway for your separation.


The Separation Guide offers Guided Separation™ and mediation services across Australia in a fee for service model. We are supported by a network of lawyers, psychologists, marriage counsellors, financial advisors and accountants who together will help you and your partner through your separation. There are no fees exchanged for these referrals. Users pay a fee for service when they engage with any of our network partners.
The Q&A and resources on our website are free resources for you to use. We hope they help you through this difficult time in your life.