What are the chances I will have to pay her legal fee? One of the ways I feel divorce gets expensive is that lawyers tell the wives that they are going to get him to pay the legal fees. As I mentioned before she makes over $100k per year and I make over $200k. I tried to do a Martial Separation Agreement and then she filed a contested divorce based on cruelty and abandonment. We have been going through this process 5.5 months.