How much does a divorce cost in Australia?

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  • Litigation
    If you and your ex-partner can’t agree and you pursue litigation, you will need to budget for engaging a lawyer, court costs and costs associated with the legal process, such as valuations. Your lawyer should be able to give you an estimate of costs involved in your case. The average cost of litigation can be anywhere between $50,000 and $100,000 or more.
  • Arbitration
    Private arbitration can be considerably less, costing about $4,000 to $8,000 a day and offering roughly a 20%-30% saving compared to litigation. Arbitration is a form of dispute resolution where both parties present their case to an independent third person (the arbitrator) and are bound by their decision.
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Mediation, negotiation and other forms of dispute resolution where both parties come to an agreement about things like parenting arrangements or division of property are also usually quicker and cheaper than going to court. You can expect mediation to cost about $2,500 per person.

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