How much should it really cost to file for divorce with a lawyer. My lawyer ate up my entire retainer plus an additional bill for $400, just to file for the case... it's only 4 pieces of paper... she then failed to know of a hearing (because she moved and did not get the notice) so my case was dismissed (luckily without predjudice)... I asked her to withdraw as counsel, but I don't think it should cost that much for just the filing and thought I should ask.