Getting a divorce can be very stressful, especially when couples consider the cost. Although the cost of divorce in California can range, most couples today want an alternative to the typical hourly/retainer fee structure of most lawyers. Legal Action Workshop offers a flat fee model for divorce which is very affordable. A flat fee model works for most people.
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The fees that Divorce Attorneys charge range from low flat fees (those of Legal Action Workshop) to retainers of as much as $10,000 and hourly rates from $200 to $700 plus.Due to the range of fees it’s difficult to determine which Divorce Lawyer is best for you. The main qualities that you want to look for are experience, approach to the case and fees.
If your Divorce is one in which there are no issues i.e. no spousal support, children or property, then a flat fee lawyer would be ideal as your fees would be very low. Likewise, if you have an ‘uncontested divorce’, i.e. you and your spouse agree on the issues that you have, a flat fee lawyer would also be appropriate since he/she could prepare a Marital Settlement Agreement which would, in most cases, avoid a court appearance.
In contrast, if you and your spouse do not agree on your issues and your divorce becomes contested (your spouse responds when served) then you need to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of using a flat fee Divorce Lawyer. The advantages are that you limit your costs and, with an experienced Attorney, you can still get competent help. However, if you case is very complex with substantial assets, your divorce may warrant full representation.