Everyone who calls our office to inquire about divorce raises concerns about the cost of the process. Simply put, the cost will depend on the complexity of your case. How many times will you need to go to court? How many issues are involved? Are there agreements already in place? What about child support and property?
Here’s what I always say: Though costs vary by situation, it’s better for the parties to reach an agreement themselves than through the court system. Remember: The courts don’t really know you; they have anywhere from 20 to 30 matters they must hear each day. Coming up with solutions on your own helps you avoid a scenario in which you’re spending your child’s college tuition on attorney fees.
In the state of California, attorney fees can range from $350 to $1,000 per hour. Fees for certified family specialists start at $450, and the average retainer costs about $5,000—it may be less than that, but it could also reach as high as $50,000.
If at all possible, avoid fighting your divorce out in court. Not only will it be emotionally taxing, but it will be more financially burdensome as well.
If you have additional questions about the information covered in today’s message, feel free to call or email me. I would love to speak with you.