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Daddo posted 9/20/2013 01:28 AM

How much did legal fees run?

woundedby2 posted 9/20/2013 02:26 AM

We had 2 years of litigation, and we settled just prior to going to trial. My atty's fees were around 18K for the D. Post-divorce issues (request for restraining order and a custody modification) have since cost me around 6K more. Ugh.

Of course this all varies by situation and by what your atty charges hourly.

If you think you can get things done without going to court, I would definitely try. The more you can agree on outside the courts, the lower your legal fees.

wannabenormal posted 9/20/2013 02:42 AM

I did not go through court to finish D; we mediated and it wasn't ugly...BUT I think I racked up about $10k in costs.

Do your homework - find someone worth their salt. I way overpaid for pretty much nothing.

homewrecked2011 posted 9/20/2013 04:28 AM

Mine was 1500--the amount I was quoted at the first free consult.

crisp posted 9/20/2013 05:44 AM

Custody battle? Small business valuation issue? What are your issues and how reasonable is your STBX?

5454real posted 9/20/2013 08:10 AM

custody battle, Court of Appeals, state Supreme Court 20 years ago?

$50,000

Merlin posted 9/20/2013 08:35 AM

My divorce ran from September, 2008 through January, 2011. We each spent more than $50,000 when it was all done, including a 2 1/2 day court hearing.

It was ugly, long and expensive because my exW used everything the legal system would allow her to strip me clean. And she did.

Most statistics I have seen say that only a tiny fraction < 5% ever go to court. Seems as though somewhere just short of the courthouse doors, settlements happen.

'Your experience may vary'.

scooter72 posted 9/20/2013 09:16 AM

$250 for separation agreement. $350 for uncontested divorce with filing fee included. We fortunately agree on everything and want to go the most inexpensive way as possible

Thefly559 posted 9/20/2013 16:30 PM

I am in nyc and going for custody I am 6 months in and 25000 so far. The judge ordered me to pay all court costs. Even though she gets alimony child support and has a job full time oh and she collects unemployment from our company! Her job is sales and she claims no money ! The system here tries to scare you into not fighting and settling but if I thought my kids would be safe I would but they are not. So I will fight till I can't anymore.

hoya96 posted 9/20/2013 17:20 PM

My initial divorce was $700 (paid by me) and I used an attorney, but it was uncontested.

My decree MODIFICATION suit that ex served me with in October of last year, resolved in July, cost me $15,000, including a 3 hour hearing in court in December. That was with me playing mainly defense (he was trying to change everything, I wanted to preserve). His court costs would have been higher than that as his lawyer was the one drafting most of the documents and taking the lead in communication.

Got2GO posted 9/21/2013 18:55 PM

My marriage to the bum cost $150 in Vegas and to get rid of him cost me about $500!
Just doesn't seem fair, lol!

[This message edited by Got2GO at 6:57 PM, September 21st (Saturday)]

Phoenix1 posted 9/21/2013 19:02 PM

$150 filing fee for uncontested divorce. We prepared agreement using court-provided forms and state CS guidelines. We will still have a final court hearing, but no additional costs incurred.

pointmagnet posted 9/21/2013 19:20 PM

Oh I figure mine when all is said and done will be about $9K or so...

But I'll have to pay just under half a million dollars over 12 years to the slut I made a bad mistake with 29 years ago.

Sigh.

Eranda posted 9/21/2013 21:51 PM

12k for the divorce. Another 12-13k for the custody case.

mandan66 posted 9/21/2013 23:24 PM

this coming Friday is our final court date; we went through a mediation attorney, so the total came out to about $2800. The mediator was terrible, screwing both us actually. Problem is, once you get started with who use, its too expensive to start all over. So choose wisely!

mandan66 posted 9/21/2013 23:25 PM

this coming Friday is our final court date; we went through a mediation attorney, so the total came out to about $2800. The mediator was terrible, screwing both us actually. Problem is, once you get started with who use, its too expensive to start all over. So choose wisely!

hurtbs posted 9/21/2013 23:45 PM

$1,900 for divorce. No kids. He agreed to financial settlement that gave him 60% of marital assets. He then told everyone how I screwed him over in the divorce.

He was so obsessed with his new engagement and planning his wedding (that never happened) that he ignored his divorce. That's hwo he deals with life - ignoring problems until they go away.

Daddo posted 9/22/2013 03:08 AM

That's a big range of outcomes. thanx for sharing

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