According to the July 2012 issue of SmartMoney magazine, a realistic cost for a divorce is between $15,000 and $30,000.  These figures seem excessive.    Half of my divorce clients are charged less than $2,000; and 80% of my clients are charged less than $5,000 to obtain a divorce.  The lesson is that obtaining a divorce does not need to costly, unless the parties want to make their divorce litigation the last fight of their marriage.