What will my divorce cost?

Generally, the longer it takes to settle or try a case, the more it will cost the litigant because your attorney's time, costs you money. The fees incurred in a divorce vary depending upon the facts and issues involved in the case. Domestic relations attorneys charge an hourly rate and will rarely work for a flat fee due to the uncertain nature of divorce litigation. Most attorneys require a retainer fee to be paid as an advance against future fees and costs which will be incurred in your case. The amount of the retainer depends on the nature of the disputed issues. Since an attorney bills for time spent on a case, the more time an attorney must devote to the case, the more it will cost. Factors affecting the total fee include the level of hostility between the parties, the experience of the attorneys, the complexity of the legal and factual issues and the general level of cooperation between the parties.