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What Will The Total Cost of a Divorce Be? What is the Average Cost of a Divorce?
Uncontested Divorces in which both parties have generally agreed to terms and which have no custody issues, can be completed for as little as $350 plus court costs and other associated fees (see below). However, how close it remains to $350 is pretty much your responsibility.
Clients can increase the cost of a simple, uncontested divorce by simply calling the attorney and inquiring into its status. Remember that you're paying for the attorney's time and telephone calls are billed at the attorney's standard hourly rate (billed at the standard rates below - with a minimum of fifteen minutes regardless of the minimum time on the phone). Keep telephone calls and visits to a minimum and the legal costs will reflect the effort.
We encourage each client to work out as many issues with his or her spouse as is reasonably possible. We know that the divorce process is laden with emotion and it is natural to experience anger and be upset -- but inevitably, the more time you spend fighting, the more expensive the divorce will be. And at this critical time in your life, you have better things to spend your money on than attorney's fees. Having said that, it is important for you to understand that, as shown by our results and reputation, that we will not shy away from the most vigorous and spirited representation of your interests as necessary.
Our Fee Structure
Work done by our staff is charged against the retainer. So, for example, a $500 retainer will pay for the first three and a half hours of work by an attorney at $150.00 per hour. In most cases, the Retainer Fee is not the entire fee you should expect to pay. You will receive a billing from our office each month. Until the retainer is used up, the bill will reflect your credit balance. After the retainer is used, you are to pay the balance of your account current each month.
Expenses Involved in the Divorce
Credit cards may be accepted - with prior approval (Because no profit or overhead is charged against out-of-pocket expenses and court fees - some adjustment will be required to ensure that the full-amount due for these expenses are met).
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