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Cost of a Divorce in Canada

According to Canadian Lawyer’s 2018 legal fees survey, the median legal fee cost of an uncontested divorce is in the $1,000 to $1,200 range. A contested divorce, meanwhile, usually settles before trial and the median legal fee cost is somewhere between $10,001 and $12,500. If a case goes to trial, expect legal fees to go as high as $50,000 or more, depending on length and complexity.

Court fees vary among provinces and territories. “Discoveries, appraisals, mediation, domestic specials, and financial audits are other examples of add-ons that can cost hundreds and thousands more,” the Canadian Legal Resources Centre website states. And don’t forget a lawyer’s charge for emails, phone calls, and photocopying.

According to a Yahoo! Finance article, Ottawa family law lawyer Jeffrey Behrendt says that even if a divorce doesn’t go to court, legal fees can easily reach the $10,000 mark. “A case that goes to court will cost you at least $10,000; more realistically it will cost at least $20,000 if it does not go to trial,” Behrendt writes on “If your case goes to trial, your costs could be at least $50,000. So, going to court is not a decision to be made lightly. Normally, after a month or so, you and your lawyer will have a good idea as to whether your case can be resolved amicably or whether going to court is necessary.

Learn more about the length of a divorce here.


The above is for general information only and is not legal advice.