The total cost, including court costs, will be $595 with no children or $695 with children, if uncontested. We need $195 down to start. The balance is due before the Original Petition can be filed with the Court and before your spouse can sign any documents. We ask that you try and pay the balance within 3 weeks of the initial payment, but in no event longer than 3 months later. There is a 60 day waiting period before the divorce can be finalized. The 60 day waiting period starts on the day the Original Petition is filed. We pride ourselves on filing 90+% of our Petitions on the same day the final payment is received. This is the total cost for an “uncontested” divorce. An “uncontested” divorce assumes that you and your spouse have agreed on all the terms of the divorce and that you can obtain their signature on the necessary documents. If the case is not “uncontested”, the legal fees may be substantially higher and this fee may not be refundable. There are additional fees if there is real estate owned, a retirement plan is being divided, a complex property division is needed or the wife wants her maiden name restored. Please see the payment instructions at the end of the checklist or call my office to set up an appointment or pay by phone. We have built our business over the last 34 years by being the most affordable board certifed family law specialist in Houston. We greatly appreciate your business.