What is divorce going to cost me?

As of September 2020, the fee for filing a case for divorce in North Carolina is $225. It will cost an additional $30 to have the Sheriff serve the defendant or $7 to serve the defendant by certified mail. 

The biggest divorce expense will be your attorney’s fees, which are charged at an hourly rate. Average fees in North Carolina in 2020 ranged from $230 to $280 an hour. Those rates are close to the national average rates for family lawyers. The number of hours required to handle your divorce will depend on the complexity of your case, with a contested divorce requiring more time.