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Do family law divorce attorneys of the opposite side stalk and harass their client’s opposition if the client pays for it?

Some do (if you can imagine an attorney doing something like that, it’s probably already been done), but they’re outliers, and they are violating both the law and the rules governing fitness to practice law if and when they do so.

If an attorney is actually (actually) violating the law or violating the rules governing the practice of law, you are not obligated to suffer it. Notify your attorney and bring the misconduct to the attention of the court, the police, and the bar.

That stated, one cannot simply and subjectively brand an attorney of being a stalker or of engaging in harassing behavior and thus establish the attorney as a stalker or harasser. It’s common for sore losers to make false accusations of harassment against an opposing party and his/her attorney. Why? Because it’s a cheap, risk-free way to cast aspersions and demonize and neutralize (if the accusations stick to any degree) the opposing party and/or his/her attorney. Don’t be that guy/gal. If you think you may feel “stalked” and/or “harassed,” before your start accusing, be honest with yourself and ask whether you’re truly being stalked and harassed or just feeling defeated, hurt, angry, anxious, and afraid and wanting to lash out.

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Did you ever go to court and realize for the judges and attorneys it’s kind of all a big game?

Yes, in my experience, there are aspects of the legal system and the practice of law that some lawyers and judges see and treat as a game. You see lawyers and judges who observe, regularly that “that lawyer/that judge did this to cause delays/burden or inconvenience the opposing party and not for the stated pretextual reason offered for doing it.”

Many bad lawyers file frivolous lawsuits and motions for fun and profit. That’s no secret.

I was shocked as a young lawyer (I’m not shocked anymore) when a lawyer who represented the losing side of a case called me up and threatened to file a meritless appeal. When I got upset with him about it he responded with, “Hey, calm down. Even if I lose, we’ll both still get paid.”

And many lawyers and litigants have experienced a judge violating the law and/or rules knowing that he/she can get away with it because the victimized litigant can’t afford to appeal the judge’s decision or complain about his/her decision for fear of retaliation. Yes, it happens. Not with all attorneys and judges, but with many.

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How much does it cost to file for a divorce?

How much does it cost to file for a divorce?

Good question. There are costs and then there are cost for filing for divorce.

Beyond what an attorney would charge you for his/her services, there are other costs to be paid when obtaining a divorce, one of which is the filing fee the court charges you. Here’s a list of what it costs to file for divorce in every state of the U.S.A. as of July 21, 2021, according to Findlaw.com (https://www.findlaw.com/family/divorce/how-much-does-a-divorce-cost-by-state.html):

Alabama $400 ($50 administrative fee included) Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $10,000

Alaska $250 (additional $75 fee to file a modification for child custody, visitation, or support, or for spousal maintenance or property division) Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $10,000+

Arizona $280 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $10,000+

Arkansas $165 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $8,000+

California $435 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $14,000

Colorado $230 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $11,000+

Connecticut $360 (excluding paternity legal action) Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $12,000+

Delaware $165 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $12,000+

District of Columbia (Washington D.C.) $80 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $10,000

Florida $409 (Cost changes per county. Example from Duval County Circuit.) Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $10,000+

Georgia $400 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $11,000+

Hawaii $215 (without minor children), $265 (with minor children) Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $9,000+

Idaho $154 (without minor children), $207 (with minor children) Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $8,000+

Illinois $334 (District specific fees. This example is from Lake County Circuit.) Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $10,000+

Indiana $157 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $9,000

Iowa $185 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $9,000+

Kansas $400 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $8,000+

Kentucky $148 (without an attorney), $153 (with an attorney) Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $8,000+

Louisiana $150 to $250 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $10,000

Maine $120 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $8,000+

Maryland $165 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $11,000

Massachusetts $200 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $12,000+

Michigan $175 (without minor children), $255 (with minor children) (District specific fees. This example is from Wayne County Circuit.) Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $10,000+

Minnesota $365 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $9,000

Mississippi $400 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees:: $8,000+

Missouri $133.50 (without minor children), $233.50 (with minor children) (District specific fees. This example is from Jefferson County Circuit.) Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $10,000+

Montana $170 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $6,000+

Nebraska $158 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $8,000+

Nevada $217 (first appearance), $299 (joint petition) Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $10,000+

New Hampshire $400 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $9,000+

New Jersey $300 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $12,000+

New Mexico $137 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $6,500+

New York $335 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $13,500+

North Carolina $75 (absolute divorce), $150 (for civil cases in district court) Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $10,000+

North Dakota $80 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $8,000+

Ohio $350 (District specific fees. This example is from Washington County Circuit.) Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $9,000+

Oklahoma $183 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $9,000+

Oregon $301 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $10,000

Pennsylvania $201.75 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $11,000+

Puerto Rico $400 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $10,000

Rhode Island $400 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $10,000+

South Carolina $150 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $10,000

South Dakota $95 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $8,500+

Tennessee $184.50 (without minor children), $259.50 (with minor children) Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $9,500+

Texas $300 (depending on child support or custody factors) Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $12,500

Utah $325 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $10,400

Vermont $90 (if you are a resident of the state), $295 (without a stipulation) Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $9,000

Virginia Use this calculator to find your district’s fees. Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $11,500

Washington $314 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $10,000+

West Virginia $134 Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $8,000+

Wisconsin $184.50 (with no child support or alimony), $194.50 (with child support or alimony) Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $8,500+

Wyoming $85 (District specific fees. This example is from Laramie County Circuit.) Average Other Divorce Costs and Attorney Fees: $9,000

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Why do lawyers get paid no matter the results?

Why do lawyers get paid no matter the results?

Your question assumes a false fact. Lawyers are not always paid no matter the results.

One example is a contingency fee case. A contingency fee case is one in which the lawyer’s fee is contingent, i.e., conditioned, upon a particular outcome, usually the recovery of money damages, with the attorney receiving a portion of the damages awarded to the client), if the client does not win or settle, and thus if no money is recovered, then the lawyer does not get paid).

Another example is when a lawyer voluntarily works without getting paid. Lawyers who provide legal services free of charge usually do so when a client needs help but cannot pay, or if the lawyer wants to support a cause he/she cares about by donating his/her services without charge. This is known as pro bono publico (“for the public good”) or just “pro bono” service.

Another good old-fashioned example of a situation in which the lawyer is not paid, no matter the results, is when the lawyer does work for the client first, then bills the client for the work performed, but the client refuses to pay. When I was young and stupid, I encountered this problem on occasion. After a while (too long a while), I got tired of getting stiffed and I changed the way I billed and collected.

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