Q: How much does a divorce lawyer cost?
A: This is an impossible question to answer without knowing all the facts. Each attorney is independent and charge their own fees. Factors range from the complexity of the matter to the location. An uncontested divorce, where both parties are in total agreement from the beginning, is much less expensive than a contested divorce that has to be negotiated or go before a Judge or even go to trial. Some attorneys (such as myself) charge a set fee for a standard unconted divorce. All attorneys charge by the hour for more complex divorces. Downstate lawyers charge more than upstate lawyers as their overhead charges are higher. Also a more experienced lawyer will charge more than an inexperienced lawyer. A lawyer in NYC might charge $500 - $750 an hour or more. A lawyer upstate might charge $250 - $500 an hour. Retainers are the amount of hours that an attorney thinks he or she needs to get started, but if a case gets dragged on, additional retainers will often be required. Shop around. Call several attorneys. see who you are comfortable with and get their hourly rate, or, in uncontested, see if they will charge a set fixed fee. Good luck.
A: Divorce lawyers typically charge by the hour. There is usually a retainer that has to be paid up front from which the fees are deducted until the retainer is depleted. At that point you may have to give another retainer or just pay the charges as you are billed. The ultimate cost of a divorce depends on the amount of time that the lawyer has to spend on your case.
A: Legal costs for divorce vary widely depending on the complexity of the matter, the experience of the attorney, and whether the parties can amicably agree on a settlement. An uncontested divorce is the most economical option in terms of attorney's fees, but depending upon an individual's situation it might not be the smartest move.
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