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What Will The Total Cost of a Divorce Be? What is the Average Cost of a Divorce?
The truth is, there is no such thing as an 'average' divorce -- just as there's no such thing as an average bankruptcy. The final cost will depend completely on how much time staff and attorneys have invested in the case. In the case of a divorce - if both parties are reasonable, willing to negotiate and deal with each other in good faith, a divorce settlement which represents the best interests of both parties can be reached fairly quickly. If one or both parties insists on fighting and being unreasonable, invariably, costs will quickly mount.

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.

Costly Victory
Be aware of the value of possessions and don't increase the legal cost of your divorce by insisting on winning every battle. Simply venting accumulated anger and pain which you might be experiencing will surely increase the overall cost of the divorce. Such fighting will only make an uncontested action impossible and your case will undoubtedly end up in court increasing your costs considerably. Sometimes, winning is really losing.

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

  • First Appointments FREE
  • Attorney - $150.00 per hour (minimum chargeable - fifteen minutes).
  • Support / Clerical Services - $25 to $50 per hour for various tasks such as legal filings, preparation of form documents, etc.

With each case, a retainer is required. A retainer is the "up front" amount you pay so we can begin work on your case. It is an amount of money that "retains" our services. The following are the retainers we require for various kinds of cases:

  • Simple Uncontested Divorce (custody not an issue) $550 attorneys fees and filing fee of $83
  • Contested Divorce Case (custody not at issue) $850 attorneys fees and filing fee of $83
  • Divorce with Custody Case $1,300 plus filing fee of $83
  • Paternity Case $400 plus filing fee of $58
  • Modification of Child Support Case - $400-$600 plus filing fee of $15
  • Modification of Alimony Case - $600 plus filing fee of $15.
  • Adoption - $600 plus filing fee of $24
  • Bankruptcies - Chapter 13 ($189 plus filing fee of $200); Chapter 7 ($450 plus filing fee of $185)*.
    * Amounts represent minimum bankruptcy retainers. Balance of Chapter 13 is taken from Bankruptcy Plan.
  • Real Estate Doc Review & Closing (in office - $165.00) (out of office - $165 plus mileage)
  • Real Estate Trustee - $45 each plus any associated filing fees
  • Wills - $450 each.

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
In addition to expenses such as filing fees and sheriff's fees, you will be responsible for the out of pocket expenses for such things as accountant's fees (if your case has complex tax implications) or guardian ad litem fees.

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).

We accept
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