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Georgia Divorce Attorney Fees

If you’re considering divorce or if you’ve been served with divorce papers, you’re likely wondering about the cost of an attorney.  Divorce can have a significant impact on your financial and emotional status.  Money may be tight, and you may feel stretched to pay your bills.  For this reason, you might doubt that you can even afford an attorney.  Regardless of whether or not you ultimately decide to hire an attorney, you owe it to yourself to at least contact a qualified family law attorney and inquire about the cost. After speaking confidentially with you, we’ll offer you a legal analysis of your case and discuss our various billing options with you.

My Spouse Controls All The Money – How Can I Pay For An Attorney?

When looking at the financial circumstances of parties in a case, Georgia courts have it in their discretion to make attorney fee awards at any time during the case.  What does this mean for you?  If you spouse controls or cuts off access to your bank accounts, or tries to use a stronger financial position to gain leverage in a proceeding, the Courts can, in some cases, provide balance and award interim fees so you can litigate your case.  Also, it means that the court can award attorney fees to a winning party that has to defend against frivolous cases your spouse may bring to harass you or cause financial hardship for you or the people you care about.

Paying For An Attorney

Most attorneys are sensitive to the issue of legal costs.  When looking for an attorney, the initial retainer may be a decisive factor, but more importantly, you should take into account the billable rate and experience of the attorney. We represent clients in hearings and trials regularly and are both competitive in our pricing and sensitive to the financial needs of our clients. We currently offer a billable attorney rate of $250.00 per hour and a paralegal rate of $100.00 per hour. Every case is unique and fees may vary depending on the complexity of the issues presented and the litigiousness of one or both parties. Our current retainer schedule for domestic matters is as follows:

Legitimations ………………………………………….. From $1,500.00

Contested divorce cases without children …………. From $2,500.00

Contested divorce cases with children ………….….. From $3,500.00

Modification actions …………………………………... From $2,500.00

Adoptions (family)…………..…………………………. From $2,500.00

Uncontested divorces may seem straightforward, but the long-term implications of an agreement can be both staggering and permanent. We help our clients avoid the foreseeable problems that arise with settlement agreements that do not accurately reflect the parties’ understanding or financial abilities. In true uncontested divorce matters (where both parties are committed to signing a settlement agreement and the terms have already been negotiated), we are able to offer a flat rate of $750.00 plus filing fees for cases without children, and $1,000.00 plus filing fees with children. Uncontested cases do not require service and applicable fees.

Hiring An Attorney

Don’t let your perceptions about the cost of an attorney prevent you from inquiring about the cost of their service.  More importantly, the long-term costs of not knowing your rights and signing a document that could govern you and your family’s life for decades to come can be staggering.  Contact The Zdrilich Law Group today for a consultation