Sep 12

How much does it cost to get divorced? How much does it cost to hire a lawyer?

Written by: Megan Dell


The fee to file most actions, including divorce, in South Carolina Family Court is $150. A lawyer’s fee is based on guidelines provided by South Carolina law, including 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.

After hearing the details of your case during a consultation, a lawyer can tell you his or her hourly rate, as well as provide a general idea of how much your case is likely to cost. However, 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 consult, he or she can’t tell you exactly what his or her services will cost.