Divorce costs will depend on the particular facts of your case, including whether children are involved. The total cost of your divorce includes not only your attorney’s fees, but also court costs, therapists, mediators, psychologists, Guardians Ad Litem (an attorney for your child), forensic accountants, and other experts. Most attorneys charge an hourly rate, with a retainer, or minimum fee, payable in advance at the beginning of your case. The most common court cost is the filing fee paid at the time of the filing of your case ($197.50 in Johnson County, Kansas). The primary factor that determines how much your divorce will cost is how adversarial your situation is. If you and your spouse are able to cooperate and agree on the issues in your divorce, you will be able to avoid many of the fees associated with a divorce. For example, if you can agree to voluntarily exchange financial documents such as income tax returns and account statements, you will not have to pay your attorneys to fight about these issues in court. If you can agree on a custody and parenting schedule, that will minimize costs for therapists, psychologists and other experts who may be retained to argue in support of custody and visitation rights.