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I mean, there is definitely a business behind it, but it's not super expensive if you don't go the path of lawyers. In fact, it's really shockingly cheap. The filing fee is a couple hundred, they have a required parenting course that's another $35, then you have a required parenting evaluation that's another $4,500, but I think if you're broke, you don't have to pay for the evaluator. Aside from that, there's really nothing more to pay for except for a few $20 filing fees here and there. It only gets expensive if you want to fight and then... well, mine cost $210k total in attorneys fees plus having to pay for nutty things like psychiatric evaluations and what not.
The good news is that it's only painful at the start when you drop your first $10k. Once your inured, it's not so bad and to be honest, I sort of miss the emails and invoices from my attorney. I even sent her office an edible arrangement earlier this week for "National Be Kind to Lawyers Day" to her know that I was thinking about her!1