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Generally only a highly contested custody battle will cost that much in legal fees. It can be substantially less. The parties can also "stipulate" (agree) to a custody order. If that is not an option, one can choose to represent themselves:
There are also many pro bono or low cost services available: http://www.probono.net/ny/ Most have income requirements in order to qualify.
Another option is law school clinics, where the students work under the supervision of an attorney.
--------------------------------------Here is a link to locate an attorney: http://apps.americanbar.org/legalservices/findlegalhelp/home.cfm
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