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My divorce cost me over $17,000: These were the most surprising expenses I faced

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    The average divorce
    costs $15,000 in the US - and mine cost even more than
    that.
  
  
    My divorce came with several unexpected expenses, like
    refinancing my car loan and paying for therapy
    afterward.
  
  
    By the end, I had paid more than $17,000 for my
    divorce. Here's a full breakdown of where the money
    went.
  
  
    
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  The author is a 27-year-old data analyst living in Clovis,
  New Mexico. If you would like to share a story relating to the
  cost of your divorce, email the editor at mabadi@businessinsider.com.

  Divorce
  can be expensive - we all know that. A 
  recent survey found that the average cost of a divorce in the
  United States is $15,000.

  But being young and without kids, I didn't expect for my divorce
  to cost as much as it did.

  My husband and I got married at the end of 2013 after a whirlwind
  romance that began in April of that year. I was 21, freshly
  graduated from college, and had almost nothing to my name beyond
  student debt and a credit card with a limit of $1,900. We moved
  from North Carolina to Georgia in March 2014, and once I secured
  my first full-time job, I felt that financially I was headed down
  the right path.

  Unfortunately, whirlwind romances don't play out like they do in
  the movies. Being young and not having strong enough roots in who
  we were yet led to struggles and disagreements without the
  ability to effectively communicate. In June 2014, I told him that
  I wanted a divorce.

  
    Read more:
    
  6 things wealthy people do to protect their money when they get
  married
  

  I thought the process would be simple: move out, legally
  separate, file for the divorce. And since we both were of little
  means, we would file uncontested and not have to pay for
  attorneys. It would be a no-fault divorce, and then we could go
  our separate ways.

  We had been married for only eight months and had no children.
  Ownership of the dog we adopted together was an open question,
  but I assumed we would also handle that when the time came.
  However, to file uncontested in Georgia, we could have no shared
  finances.

  What followed my decision to divorce was a year of financial
  turmoil and painful, damaging decisions I had to make about debt
  to get out of the marriage and begin a life of my own.

  Below are the expenses I hadn't considered when I chose to
  divorce - and how much they set me back.


The author is a 27-year-old data analyst living in Clovis, New Mexico. If you would like to share a story relating to the cost of your divorce, email the editor at mabadi@businessinsider.com.

Divorce can be expensive - we all know that. A recent survey found that the average cost of a divorce in the United States is $15,000.

But being young and without kids, I didn't expect for my divorce to cost as much as it did.

My husband and I got married at the end of 2013 after a whirlwind romance that began in April of that year. I was 21, freshly graduated from college, and had almost nothing to my name beyond student debt and a credit card with a limit of $1,900. We moved from North Carolina to Georgia in March 2014, and once I secured my first full-time job, I felt that financially I was headed down the right path.

Unfortunately, whirlwind romances don't play out like they do in the movies. Being young and not having strong enough roots in who we were yet led to struggles and disagreements without the ability to effectively communicate. In June 2014, I told him that I wanted a divorce.

Read more: 6 things wealthy people do to protect their money when they get married

I thought the process would be simple: move out, legally separate, file for the divorce. And since we both were of little means, we would file uncontested and not have to pay for attorneys. It would be a no-fault divorce, and then we could go our separate ways.

We had been married for only eight months and had no children. Ownership of the dog we adopted together was an open question, but I assumed we would also handle that when the time came. However, to file uncontested in Georgia, we could have no shared finances.

What followed my decision to divorce was a year of financial turmoil and painful, damaging decisions I had to make about debt to get out of the marriage and begin a life of my own.

Click through the slideshow to see the expenses I hadn't considered when I chose to divorce - and how much they set me back.

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