In the modern world that we live in, family law fees come in all shapes and sizes. Many divorce attorneys still follow the traditional retainer fee arrangement, which means having to pay several thousands of dollars in order to initiate your divorce proceedings, and continuously replenishing that sum for the duration of the attorney's representation.
Other law firms offer flat fees and unbundled services, allowing you to handle some parts of your case on your own and others with the representation of an attorney. Although not right for every case, this is often a more cost effective arrangement that can give you the opportunity to craft a unique plan in view of your specific needs and goals. Limited scope services can include anything from basic review of documents, consultations before a hearing, all the way to full representation during trial.
Some attorneys also accept payment plans as an alternative arrangement. A somewhat hybrid model, payment plans are based on a pay-as-you-go agreement with fees charged on a scheduled basis (monthly; bi-monthly, etc.). You and your attorney will have to define whether those payments are made towards a fixed sum for agreed upon services or towards the hourly fees that accumulate during the course of the attorney's representation.
The type and amount of fees that you incur will ultimately depend on a number of different factors. The complexity of your case, the attorney you retain, and your personal expectations will all play a role in determining how much your divorce will cost. Again, make sure to clearly understand the type of fee agreement presented to you during the initial consultation with your attorney.
For a basic list of some of our flat fee services, please click here. Bear in mind that this list is by no means comprehensive and may need to be adjusted to reflect the particular facts and circumstances pertaining to each client.
If you are worried about the cost of your divorce or would like to learn more about how our law firm can serve you in that regard, simply fill out our contact form or call us at (818) 740-2122 to schedule a free consultation.