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How can I get my husband to pay half of the divorce fees?

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My husband abandoned me after 6 months of marriage. He was abusive and cheating. I let him have all the assets (which was not much…just all the furniture and that). I am an Australian citizen still living in California. My application for residency is being processed (under VAWA). He now is residing in Georgia. All I want is a divorce and want him to pay at least half of the the divorce fees. I know it is about $400 in total, but financially I am struggling. Is there any way the court can make him pay for half the filing fees?


If you cannot afford the fees for your divorce, you can ask the court for a “fee waiver.” In order to request a fee waiver, you would fill out a form called “Request to Waive Court Fees.” This form is available both online on the court’s website and at the courthouse. Also, if you do not qualify for a fee waiver, after you file the necessary papers for your dissolution, you can request that the court order your spouse pay half of the fees for the divorce. The family law facilitator’s office in the court can help you determine your best course of action.

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