How much does a custody trial cost?

Much more than the average couple can afford! Each case is different and the issues involved in an allocation of parental rights and responsibilities trial can range from basic to complex. The cost of an allocation of parental rights and responsibilities trial depends largely on the number of professionals involved and a amount of hours expended by those professionals. Minimally, there will be two lawyers (one for each party), a lawyer for the children (often called a Guardian ad Litem) an allocation of parental rights and responsibilities expert (psychiatrist or psychologist) and fact witnesses. The more witnesses, the longer the trial and the greater the expense.