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    Default How Much Does a Contested Divorce Cost

    My question involves a marriage in the state of: OH

    Hello, what is the approximate cost of a divorce (lawyer fees) in which custody is highly contested, and the parents are unable to agree on major, essential issues?

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    Default Re: How Much Does a Divorce Cost

    The sky is the limit.

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    Default Re: How Much Does a Divorce Cost

    A few real world examples:

    1 child, contested, 2+ years in duration: $60,000 (total for both parties) . WA.

    2 children, contested, almost 4 years in duration: $285,000 (total for both parties - no, I'm not kidding). CA.

    2 children, contested, 3 years (and finally settled out of court): $160,000. CA. And that's considered "cheap".

    4 children, contested (then settled) 2 years: $88,000. ND.

    Sooooo ... yeah.
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    Default Re: How Much Does a Contested Divorce Cost

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    My question involves a marriage in the state of: OH

    Hello, what is the approximate cost of a divorce (lawyer fees) in which custody is highly contested, and the parents are unable to agree on major, essential issues?
    Enough so that you'll be making two lawyers very happy while they take barrels full of your money and put it in their bank accounts.

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    Enough so that you'll be making two lawyers very happy while they take barrels full of your money and put it in their bank accounts.
    Put their kids through college, set up a nice little second home somewhere warm and sunny ... make Mercedes very happy ... yeap.

    All of that.
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    Default Re: How Much Does a Contested Divorce Cost

    Everybody has told you the truth, but that doesn't mean that you should necessarily roll over and play dead either, out of fear of the cost of a contested divorce. What you really need to do is get a feeling for which of you are being realistic vs unrealistic about what you want in terms of the custody issues. There is also the option to represent yourself if you are both willing and able to study hard and be realistic.

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    Default Re: How Much Does a Contested Divorce Cost

    Your net worth and your assets also play a role in the course of a divorce. So if you are not wealthy (subjective of course) and there is not much to divide, those issues can be addressed without a great expense. But if you own your own business or are a partner in a business and this is part of the major unresolved issues, it can be quite expensive. If there are major issues on equitable distribution that too can be very expensive.

    Bottom line is the more issues you resolve on your own and agree to the less it will cost to litigate them.

    You can also attorney shop. There are divorce attorney that will charge flat fees based on what is uncontested and what is not. Google flat fee divorce attorneys in your area.

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    So if you are not wealthy (subjective of course) and there is not much to divide, those issues can be addressed without a great expense.
    I disagree. If one spouse is being difficult it can be very a very time-consuming, and therefore expensive, process regardless of assets.


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    You can also attorney shop. There are divorce attorney that will charge flat fees based on what is uncontested and what is not. Google flat fee divorce attorneys in your area.

    I would not trust any attorney who charges a flat fee for a contested divorce. That's almost as funny as the billboards I see around that say "DIVORCE $399 - spouse's signature not required"!

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    For me, 1 child in a contested high conflict divorce after 9 months and I am at $50k in debt.

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    2 children, Florida... 60k+ and two years plus. Ugh but got 99% of everything asked for.

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