How much does it cost initially for a contested divorce?

Who is responsible for paying both lawyer fees? Things that will be contested will be: Who will assume sole legal and physical custody of the children, who will assume responsibility of all the bills, the amounts of alimony and child support. I do not want the divorce but my husband does. I have 4 children, 2 with my husband and 2 from a previous relationship in which he wants visitation rights of all 4. I want sole legal and physical custody of all children, since he wants the divorce and he make twice the amount that I do I feel that he should take responsibility of all debt that was assumed during the course of the marriage, Since I only make $3,600 a month before taxes and before dental.

Asked on January 28, 2013 under Family Law, Oklahoma

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Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

The costs of a marital dissolution are typically set by how contested the proceeding is. If the parties can agree to the issues then the cost is in the neighborhood of $3,500 to $4,000 based upon the issues you have listed.

If the proceeding becomes heated, then the sky is the limit on how much in attorney's fees will arise. Given what you have written about the court could order that your spouse pay a portion of your attorney's fees in the contest.


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