My wife left me in 2005 and returned to her home state of Missouri. I have had her served with the legal paperwork, but she is refusing to sign and refuses to accept delivery of paperwork the second time. I have spoken to several lawyers regarding the cost of getting divorce through court process and have been quoted $3000 to $3500.
If she will not agree you must proceed through the court with a contested divorce. Then she will be served and have to answer. This is not inexpensive, and I recommend looking for attorneys that handle divorce matters. I know myself and many on this site offer a free initial consultation
In no way am I offering you legal advice, and in no way has my comment created an attorney-client relationship. You are not to rely upon my note above in any way, but instead need to sit down with counsel and share all relevant facts before receiving fully-informed legal advice.
Because she will not agree to an irreconcilable differences divorce, you have one of three options: (1) stay married; (2) sue her for separate maintenance (a civil lawsuit asking the court to order her to return to the marriage or pay you support; or (3) sue her for divorce on the ground of Desertion.
Assuming option (1) is not a good option, you will have to do this in an adversarial manner. For a fault grounds divorce based on desertion, $3,000 to $3,500.00 is not out of line with regards to the costs of the attorney's fees.
As suggested, please contact a divorce lawyer who routinely handles divorce cases. Don't try to do this yourself. There are too many stumbling blocks that can cause you problems that an experienced divorce attorney can navigate for you.
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You'll have to pay it or stay married. That price is in line, but it may end up being more just so you know.
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