Divorce can take a financial toll on each of the parties in the split.
Knowing what to expect when you hire a divorce lawyer can help avoid added
stress that comes from worrying about finances during a divorce. There
are a few different things to keep in mind as you decide who you hire
for your divorce case.
Finding an Affordable Divorce Lawyer
Not every attorney will offer a free consultation. The consultation fee
may differ from the divorce attorney fees, adding even more expenses on
your plate. The divorce lawyers at Claery & Green always offer the
first consultation for a divorce case free of charge in order to best
assist you in your divorce!
After the initial consultation, there is a space to ask your attorney whether
there may be a flat fee option available for your case. If the divorce
in uncomplicated, uncontested, or has most of the paperwork already completed,
your attorney may be able to offer you this option. Keep in mind that
the attorney has more insight on the amount of work that goes into a divorce
case, so even if a case seems simple, this flat fee option may not be offered.
What if litigation is required?
If the divorce is more complicated, the lawyer may require to be paid an
hourly wage that increases if litigation is necessary. The amount charged
by your lawyer will depend on the retainer paid for an initial guaranteed
amount of time.
After the divorce is settled, two financial aspects are worth noting. First,
contingency, or when a lawyer is paid out of the winnings of a case, is
unethical in divorce cases. A divorce attorney must be paid out of pocket.
Second, the fee for each lawyer is paid for by those that hired them.
One spouse is not responsible for covering the cost of the other's
lawyer, except for in rare circumstances.
If you are looking for a divorce attorney, our law firm can help! Claery
& Green offer free consultations for those going through a divorce.
Don't hesitate to call today.