Sep 12

How much does it cost to get divorced?

Written by: Megan Dell


One of the biggest fears people have is how much it will cost to get divorced, and how much it will cost to hire a lawyer.

The fee to file most actions, including divorce, in South Carolina Family Court is $150.

A South Carolina Family Court lawyer will set their fees based on the difficulty and complexity of the issues in your case. Most family court clients are charged hourly for the lawyer’s services; therefore, if your case is complex, a lawyer will likely have to spend more time on it, which will raise the cost for you.

Actions of third parties, including your spouse, his/her attorney, and the judge, also affect the amount of time a lawyer spends on a case. Therefore, while the lawyer can give you an estimate during the consultation, often, he or she can’t tell you the exact cost to get divorced.

At Dell Family Law, P.C., the minimum retainer to hire our attorneys is $3,500.00; however, some cases require much higher retainers, depending on the circumstances of your case.