How much does an amicable divorce cost?
The cost of an amicable divorce in Quebec ranges from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. First of all, there are legal and bailiff fees for filing the petition with the Court. Online amicable divorce services are available for a few hundred dollars. In many cases, these services and the prices displayed for an amicable divorce are for very simple separation situations. It is then necessary to add on the fees of the lawyer who accompanies you for opening the file, preparation of the petition for divorce which will be presented to the Court and execution of the legal procedure. The cost of an amicable divorce is shared between the spouses. On average and depending on the specifics of each divorce, the price per spouse is between $700 and $1,000.
Why retain the services of a notary for preparing your divorce agreement?
The notary is by definition the jurist of the agreement. He/she will advise you and inform you of your rights and obligations so you can come to an agreement. The notary will also take care of preparing your draft agreement. The draft agreement is a document by which the spouses discuss and decide on settling their financial relationships and any sharing of assets if applicable, and the issue of child custody and/or alimony. This document, written by the notary, will greatly facilitate its validation by the court.
To facilitate access to justice for citizens, notaries are now entitled to file your application with the court, and thereby minimize or eliminate the need to present yourself personally to the court for filing your case.
On its website, the Ministry of Justice advises calling on a legal adviser, such as a notary, in the context of a joint application for divorce:
“Many people go to the courthouse in their region every day to get information on how to prepare and submit a joint application for divorce on a draft agreement.
This application process seems simple and many will be tempted to save the fees of a legal advisor. But be careful, each spouse must be able to carefully assess all the consequences, both personally and financially, of the draft agreement he will sign.
If you are not familiar with your rights and obligations, it is better to use a legal advisor.”
Source: Ministry of Justice