Cost of a childless divorce in Massachusetts is $15,900


The average cost of divorce in Massachusetts with no children involved is $15,900, the fourth highest amount among the 50 states, according to an analysis published by the website 24/7 Wall St. 

For a divorce involving children, the cost is even higher in Massachusetts: $23,900. The numbers are based on a 2015 study by Martindale Nolo Research, which calculated average divorce costs in each state. The no-child divorce costs ranged from $8,400 to $17,500, the analysis found.

Attorney fees make up the majority of divorce costs, the report said, but the total bill rises if assets need to be divided and children are involved.

The divorced people in Massachusetts make up 9.7 percent of the state’s population, according to 2018 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Cost of Divorce Among the 50 States

StateAverage Cost of Divorce, Without ChildrenRank for Childless Divorce Cost (Highest to Lowest)Average Cost of Divorce, With ChildrenAverage Divorce Filing FeeSize of Divorced Population
California$17,5001$26,300$43514.8%
New York$17,1002$25,600$2108.8%
Delaware$16,2003$24,300$150-$16011.0%
Massachusetts$15,9004$23,900$2009.7%
New Jersey$15,6005$23,400$3008.5%
Texas$15,6005$23,500$250-$35010.5%
Connecticut$15,5007$23,300$36010.9%
Georgia$14,7008$22,000$150-$25011.3%
Colorado$14,5009$21,700$23011.8%
Virginia$14,5009$21,800$100-$20010.2%
Pennsylvania$14,30011$21,500$150-$3509.7%
Maryland$14,00012$21,000$16510.2%
Illinois$13,80013$20,700$210-$3889.8%
Nevada$13,70014$20,600$150-$30014.2%
Florida$13,50015$20,300$350-$41013.2%
Missouri$13,50015$20,200$140-$20012.2%
Washington$13,40017$20,100$31411.5%
Rhode Island$13,20018$19,800$16010.8%
Utah$13,20018$19,800$310-$3309.0%
Alaska$13,10020$19,600$15011.3%
North Carolina$13,10020$19,700$225-$23510.8%
Arizona$13,00022$19,500$158-$35312.2%
Michigan$12,90023$19,400$25511.6%
Oregon$12,70024$19,100$250-$40012.7%
Louisiana$12,60025$18,900$200-$45011.3%
South Carolina$12,60025$18,900$15011.2%
Tennessee$12,60025$18,900$150-$37812.2%
Alabama $12,50028$18,800$150-$30012.4%
Ohio$12,50028$18,800$175-$35012.1%
Oklahoma$12,50028$18,700$175-$25013.1%
New Hampshire$12,30031$18,500$250-$25211.7%
Hawaii$11,70032$17,500$215-$2659.0%
Iowa$11,70032$17,600$18511.0%
Indiana$11,40034$1,710$130-$17612.3%
Minnesota$11,40034$21,300$390-$42010.3%
Wyoming$11,40034$17,200$7012.7%
Wisconsin$11,30037$16,900$180-$22010.8%
Idaho$11,20038$16,800$20712.0%
Vermont$11,20038$16,900$90-$29512.5%
Arkansas$11,10040$16,700$130-$17013.1%
Maine$11,10040$16,700$12014.5%
Mississippi$11,00042$16,500$50-$7511.6%
Kansas$10,90043$16,400$156-$19711.2%
South Dakota$10,90043$16,300$9511.0%
New Mexico$10,70045$16,000$135-$15513.1%
Nebraska$10,40046$15,600$15810.1%
North Dakota$10,40046$15,600$809.4%
West Virginia$10,40046$15,600$135-$18513.0%
Kentucky$10,20049$15,300$120-$18012.8%
Montana$8,40050$12,600$225-$25012.4%
Source: 24/7 Wall St.

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