Q: How much does a divorce cost in California?
A: The average cost of a California divorce with full-scope legal representation ranges from $12,500 to $15,300. Divorce attorneys charge approximately $300 to $365 per hour in CA, and the total legal fees depend on the attorney’s rate and the amount of time they spend on a case. An uncontested divorce can cost as little as $4,500-$5,500. If a contested divorce goes to trial, this cost increases to $15,500-$19,000 for one issue and $21,000-$26,000 for two or more. In addition to attorney fees, clients pay an average of $2,000 for other expenses, such as filing fees or expert witnesses.
Q: What is the average retainer fee for a divorce lawyer?
A: Before taking on a case, attorneys charge clients a retainer deposit that represents the minimum amount of money they are willing to accept to handle the responsibilities of the case. They determine this amount based on the complexity of the case, the amount of time they estimate it will take to resolve, the timing of their involvement in the case, and other factors. The average retainer fee for a simple case is $2,500 to $3,500, but it can reach $5,000 or more for complex cases.
Q: When should you hire a divorce attorney?
A: You should hire a divorce attorney if any of the following apply to your situation:
- Your spouse has a history of committing domestic violence or other forms of abuse.
- Your spouse threatens to harm you physically or financially for filing for divorce
- You believe your spouse is hiding assets, wasting marital funds, destroying property, or otherwise acting maliciously.
- Your spouse has hired an attorney.
- Your divorce involves children, high value assets, or other complicated issues.
Q: Should I tell my divorce lawyer everything?
A: A divorce involves many sensitive personal issues that you may be reluctant to disclose to your attorney. However, keeping them informed about key details that could impact your case is crucial for creating the most effective legal strategy. Thus, failure to disclose crucial facts undermines their ability to make a compelling argument on your behalf. Remember that anything you share is protected by client-attorney confidentiality, so you can trust them to safeguard this information and only use it for your benefit.
Undergoing a divorce may not be simple, but it can be easier and less stressful with legal representation from a Huntington Beach divorce lawyer. The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers is here to help you navigate any legal issues you may encounter during your divorce, from property division to child custody and support. With our experienced attorneys on your side, you can progress through your divorce proceedings as efficiently as possible. Then, you can approach the next stage of your life with confidence and peace of mind. If you have any questions about the divorce process or would like to learn more about your options, contact us today to get started.