1. Los Angeles
The filing fee in California alone is enough to make any couple cringe, clocking in at just under $400. The state's also infamous for its 50/50 community property law, which splits a couple's earnings down the middle in most cases – unless there's a prenup.
"A small trial can run from $40K to $80k in California (on the low-end) to $75K to $150K," says family law attorney Steve Mindel. "And that's for the upper-middle class. These are not the ultra-wealthy."