Q: What is the cost of a divorce in California? My husband and I have been separated, though not legally, for over 18 months. We want to begin the divorce process, but do not know what to do. We are on good terms and share custody of the kids. Would mediation be the way to go?
The first step would be to actually file for divorce. The Superior Court of California charges a filing fee of $395. If you both are on good terms and already have a custody and visitation plan worked out, it should be a pretty simple process. If the divorce is uncontested, meaning you can agree on all the issues, you can hire an attorney do to the work for a flat fee of $2500.
Mediation would be the way to go if you could not agree on the issues. The mediator job is to sit down and listen to both parties and come up with recommendations on how assets should be split. If you guys have everything worked out, there is no need for mediation.