Divorce Fees: Know What You’re in For
If you know friends or family members that have recently gone through divorces, they’ll tell you it costs the same, if not more, than their whole wedding when they originally got married. It’s not surprising that many couples have to borrow money to get divorced in the first place.
Divorce is an expensive and extensive process, which means that the fees can just keep on accumulating as the case drags on. Here’s what you need to know before you get hit with a significant bill from your divorce attorneys.
Firstly, your divorce layer should give you a fee agreement before your first payment. In this agreement, you’ll have the terms of your relationship, as well as the following:
Your Attorneys’ Hourly Rate
The hourly rates your divorce lawyer charges, as well as the others that work on your case, should be included in the agreement. This includes any time your divorce lawyer spends on your case, whether it be for research, consultations, or phone calls and meetings with you and others involved. The hourly rate of the associate or paralegal in the firm that’s helping you should be significantly lower than your fees for your divorce lawyer.
Here’s where the more detailed expenses come into play. You attorney will charge you fees for all the copying, emails, and telephone calls that were made for your case. Therefore, you have to make sure that these charges are included in the fee agreement. You can also add a clause to the agreement, that you want your attorney to check in with you if they have reached a certain amount.
Services of Experts
In many court cases, the services of experts are often required to help your case, such as psychologists, social workers, or doctor. Whoever it may be, you’re liable for these professionals’ costs if your lawyer requests their expertise. You might want to add a clause in the fee agreement that when experts charge more than a certain amount, you have to agree to it in advance.
Termination of the Agreement
Your agreement must state that you can terminate the services of your divorce lawyer at any stage, and that your lawyer can also terminate your attorney-client relationship as well.
If you decide to change attorneys, you will still be liable to pay for their services and the time they spent working on your case. The cost depends on the complexity of the divorce settlement agreement and the aspects surrounding the care and contact of any minor children.
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