Attorney's Fees in Family Cases

     Most attorneys in family cases charge their clients based on an hourly rate, with a down payment or "retainer" payable in advance of any work being performed. My hourly rate for family cases is $175 per hour. In uncontested divorces, I offer flat fee prices, starting at $900. This includes the court costs for filing the petition and having the other party served with citation, estimated at $350. It also includes drafting the petition for divorce, the final decree, and going to court with you to finalize the divorce. If the divorce becomes contested on any issues, then a retainer or deposit is required to cover any additional legal costs or services.