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A simple, contested divorce in Canada can cost anywhere from $7,208 to $74,122, with the average cost being $12,875 (per person).
Those fees don’t include disbursements, according to Canadian Legal Resources Centre, a paralegal services company. Disbursements typically entail costs such as the court filing fee and process serving.
Here’s an example of what those fees might look like in Scarborough, Ont., for a simple divorce, according to the firm Fleury, Comery LLP:
- Issue application (court fee): $157
- Search registry (government fee): $10
- Process server: approximately $64
- Motion for judgment (court fee): $280
- Court clerk for filing attendances: about $56
- Certificate of divorce (court fee): $19
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.
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 CanadianDivorceLaws.com. “If your case goes to trial, your costs could be at least $50,000.”