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How Much is My Family Law or Divorce Case Going to Cost?

The cost of a family law case is determined by many factors, the most important being the degree of conflict. Often, a client’s ability to control the degree of conflict in a family law dispute is limited, but there are almost always strategies that can be used to conserve resources and minimize conflict. Other factors include poor strategic planning and selecting an attorney based on factors not related to the end result.

We Offer a “Pay As You Go” Payment Option

At Modern Family Law, we provide our clients with a convenient, “pay as you go” payment option to avoid excessive retainers up front and allow our clients to manage the cost of their family law case more directly. You should always discuss all fee agreements carefully with your divorce attorney.
It’s important to realize there is no such thing as an “average” cost for a divorce. Every divorce is different, and all processes require different levels of debate, litigation, and evidence presentation. It helps to find effective and experienced legal protection, which should be sought in the form of great lawyers who handle divorces.

What Are Retainer Fees?

Whether you schedule a free case consultation with our firm or any other firm, you should always make it a point to ask lawyers about their retainer fee. Simply defined, a “retainer fee” is a sum of money paid in advance in order to secure representation by an attorney. A retainer is not a “flat fee,” nor will the amount of the retainer likely cover the attorney fees and expense for an entire case.
Rather, keeping a lawyer on retainer serves as a deposit to ensure that a lawyer can represent you throughout the entire case. Modern Family Law offers a “sustainable retainer” system, where our clients post a lower retainer than most of our competitors. Our clients pay their fees and expenses as they’re incurred. Twice a month, our billing department collects the fees and costs incurred on each case.

Every divorce and family law dispute includes issues that directly affect the costs of legal representation and courtroom strategies. Since conflict is the most impactful of the cost factors, even the greatest divorce attorneys cannot predict what a case may cost since disagreements may develop at any point, including in the courtroom.
In some divorce cases, a party may be opposed to separation, or may be emotionally paralyzed by the separation. It’s common for complications in a case to arise over subjects such as custody, dividing of funds, and legal action. Similarly, the speed of courtroom procedures can be reliant on which judge you are assigned and the complexity of the issues in your case. Any complication resulting in extra courtroom procedures will usually result in addition fees to go along with them.

With all of these factors considered, you should contact Modern Family Law today for your free consultation. During this consultation we will assess the level of conflict and uniqueness of your situation, along with a strategic approach, and review what potential costs you may encounter during your family law case.

At Modern Family Law, we proudly serve clients. Our divorce attorneys focus on cost-effective, strategic legal protection of clients in family law cases. With over 100 years of combined experience, we’re aware that divorce may come at a high cost, whether it is financial, emotional, or both.