The answer to this commonly asked question is: it really depends on you and your partner.
If you can work through your separation in a calm and relatively amicable way, the cost will generally be far less and you will likely reach an 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. (Click on the image to see a larger version.)
It explains the cost and timeframe for:
- Doing it yourselves (including lodging the paperwork)
- Going through a Guided Separation™ or mediation
- Using separate Family Lawyers with mediation
- Going to Court, where you need legal advisors and barristers to represent you
You can see from this cost breakdown that there are many benefits if you can remain amicable. However, this is not possible in every situation — and there’s definitely no one-size-fits-all when it comes to separation.
Sometimes it will be necessary to go to Court for a fair and equitable outcome. But we believe this should be a last resort.
Which process is right for you? Our 5-minute Q&A is designed to help you figure that out and put you in contact with experts to guide you through the maze.
What is the average cost of a divorce or separation in Australia?
According to Money Magazine, the average cost is between $50,000 and $100,000 and can take up to 3 years if going through to Court.
The alternative, done through a fair and equitable 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.