How much would it cost to file divorce papers on your own?

Asked on August 11, 2015 under Family Law, California


B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Filing for divorce on you own can be cheaper than using an attorney.  California has been the front runner at setting up forms to be used in the divorce process.  These forms are free to the general public.  However, you still have to pay your local filing fees.  These fees will vary depending on whether you have children and whether or not your spouse is willing to sign a waiver.  Because fees will vary by clerk and by situation, I cannot give you an exact answer to the fulls cost of filing.  To know the exact fees, call your local district clerk to ge a quote for how much your fees will run.  If you cannot afford the fees, then ask the clerk for the form to request a waiver of the fees. 

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