Check out this Cost Comparion chart from David A. Casey, Divorce Mediation Attorney based out of California. He outlines the costs of divorce through mediation and litigation and the costs associated with each if children are involved. This is a great basis for you to start considering your options when considering divorce.
Please note. Fees change over time. See our fees page for current information.
|Description||With children – little assets||With children and/or – assets – retirement||No children – little assets.||Family Law Attorney’s average fees|
|Retainer:The time you don’t use can be applied to the cost of the documents.Petition, Summons and Poof of Service- 1/4 hours of time or $50
UCCJEA form 1/3 hour of time or $50
Disclosure workshop client writes out- review 1/2 hr or $100
Marital Settlement Draft on behalf of parties. $600 without children, $750 with children. First draft.
All other mediator time billed at $150 per hour.
6 hours of mediation time The average is the following:
1/2 hr. with both parties. (1hr total)2 Hours mediation regarding visitation and custody issues,1/2 hour re support issues
3 hrs working out the parties entire agreement
12 hours of mediation time
The average is the following.
45 minutes with both parties. (1 1/2 hrs total)1 1/2 hours together getting to know issues jointly
2 Hours mediation regarding visitation and custody issues,
1/2 hour re support issues
1/2 hour spousal support issues.
5 1/2 hrs working out the parties entire agreement
1/2 hrs going over MSA with both parties.
4 hours of mediation time
The average is the following.1/2 hr. with both parties. 1 hr. total
3 hrs mediation regarding all other issues.
|With children Contested $3000 – $5000
Without or non contested $1,500 to $2,500 to start
Average cost of contested $12,000 – $15,000
Protracted litigation$40,000 to $60,000
Average cost per hour for an experienced attorney
$275.00 to $450 per hour.
Average around $320
Average cost of letters between attorneys $100. Letters to client . $75
OSC court hearing for average hearing and documents, $2500
Disclosure forms, I&E and Schedule of Assets
CCC hearing $300
MSA $1600 – $2500
Trial $6000 to $10000
|1. All court fees and costs are are paid by the parties directly to the Superior Court.2. For each 30 minutes NOT USED, you receive a credit of $75 towards drafting documents.3. All documents are drafted in the parties names (in pro per).4. Delivery documents to court on behalf of parties. $505. No extra charge for Proof of Services for the court.||Costs paid by client. No credit. Attorney name on documents.$75 for court delivery service.Proof of Service $50 plus deliver fees to the court.REMEMBER THE AMOUNTS LISTED ABOVE ARE FOR ONE PERSON! SO THE OVER ALL COST IS TWICE THAT AMOUNT.|
|As you can see there are substantial differences between mediation and full litigation service. It is sometimes necessary to utilize the services of a full litigation attorney, however, when considering the costs involved without any guarantee of the end results, the parties end up being more disappointed. After 18 years of hardcore litigation, my skills at negotiation and dealing with tough issues, tough judges, and working in the most difficult environments, I can now work for your benefit and in most all cases get very positive results.|