Re: Cost of Divorce
A few of my closest friends who went with lawyers and discussed the cost with me paid around $5,000-$7,000 for their completed divorces. No idea what friend's ex's paid. Those were couples who had at least one child and not too many assets. House, cars, small-ish savings, maybe a bit in retirement.
Then we have myself and 3 other friends who had kids, but no real assets other than personal belongings, a bank account, and a couple cars. We just filed our own for the a few hundred in filing fees.
I've heard of people with assets dividing things up before the divorce and then filing so that lawyers don't get a chunk of the money. They move out with their personal stuff, sell and divvy up their assets, divide up debt, close joint accounts, agree on the child custody split, and support. By the time the court gets involved the process is greatly simplified and much quicker from start to finish.
Follow the evidence where it leads and question everything.