The cost of filing an Absolute Divorce action in North Carolina is $75.
You need to consult with a lawyer to make sure that you understand your rights on the issues of alimony and equitable distribution prior to filing for divorce. North Carolina does consider fault in other circumstances however (i.e. In a divorce action alone, it is merely the legal ending of your marriage.
An Absolute Divorce action does not decide the issue of maintenance.
You also need to factor in the costs of serving the other party and filing the other necessary documents with the court, as well as the additional cost associated if you are seeking a name change.
At least in Mecklenburg County, hiring a lawyer is not essential.