Not knowing where she lives these days may ultimately make your case a little more expensive as she will need to be found or you will need court approval to do what is called "service by publication". Assuming there are no assets, no children, and no disagreements over these things, it sounds like your case should not be tremendously expensive to complete. No attorney, though, is going to predict or guarantee what it will cost you as there are so many variables and potential problems that could occur. I think you would probably not have to advance a significant retainer, but I would expect it to be between $1500 and $2000 for a retainer on even a "simple divorce". Feel free to contact me if you have any questions as my office is in New Brunswick.
i am sorry that you are going through this, it sounds like this will be a divorce by publication of sorts and that there are no assets nor children it shoudl be fairly straightforward- If it was in Boston, it would be about $2000 without filing fees. Take care.
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The cost of a divorce is, like the others have suggested, hard to predict. It sounds like your situation could be handled for significantly less than the typical divorce. Feel free to contact me with more details and I can give you a better idea.
Regarding your additional question - you would almost certainly know if she filed for divorce previously. The law requires a litigant to prove that they have given notice of the divorce to the other party.
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If your wife filed for divorce, it is likely you would know. However, if she served you but substituted service (where it was published in the paper), you may have missed it. You could call the Court in your County and see if there has been a divorce action filed. Usually the Court can check by your names and dates of birth. Though I would expect that if you have received nothing, then it is unlikely she filed without you knowing.
Regarding the cost for divorce, no one can give you an exact price of what it will cost as there are some unknowns. But I would expect that it would cost somewhere in the range of $1500 to $2000. It could be a little less or a little more, but as there is nothing to divide or children to provide for, it should not be complicated. As far as timing, the only issue is that the publications have to be done so many days before the Court hearings. This will impact the total time it will take. You could probably have this all done within approximately four months, though that time frame is also dependent on the Court.
I hope this helps you. Best of luck.
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If you know where she is and she's willing to sign off, $600 + $250 filing fee ($850 flat fee total) and it should take 4-6 weeks. If you don't know where she is, $1500 retainer (which is approximate total cost), it will require a motion to proceed via publication (ad in the newspaper, etc) and takes 4-6 months.
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