If you have chosen to hire an Orlando, FL divorce lawyer, you have taken a step in the right direction. Lawyers whose primary focus is on handling divorce cases not only serve as a support system to their client, but they also make the process much easier for them to get through and increase the chances of securing a favorable outcome. Now, although there are numerous benefits to hiring a lawyer to represent you during your divorce, they do come with fees on top of the court costs you will incur.
But all attorneys do charge at different rates and in different ways so, in order to find out what your divorce might cost you, it is best to schedule an initial consultation with a reputable Orlando, FL divorce lawyer in your area. Upon speaking with an attorney, you might learn that the different ways they will accept payment from you include:
- Collecting a retainer. A retainer is usually an amount paid up front that will be used to cover court costs, filing fees, and attorney services. For example, a lawyer might ask that you pay $4,000 up front after estimating the cost of your divorce and will use the money as necessary. In the event there is any left over, you should be reimbursed.
- Paying by the hour. Your attorney might require that you pay him or her by the hour. If your case is expected to be quickly and easily resolved, it may only take the lawyer a few hours of their time to work on it. However, if you have a more complex case or your divorce is contested, it might take more of your attorney’s time which will result in more hours being billed.
Something you need to be aware of is that it is illegal for an attorney in Florida to work on a contingency basis in a dissolution of marriage. A contingency basis means the lawyer’s “fee is based upon a percentage of the amount awarded to the client” [Source: The Florida Bar].
Can the court request that my spouse pays some or all of my attorney fees?
Although the court can order one spouse to pay part or all of your attorney fees and costs, it is at the discretion of the court as to whether it shall order one person to pay the other’s legal fees. Now, if you have a skilled divorce attorney working by your side, then yes, you may be able to convince the judge that your spouse should, in fact, reimburse you for the legal costs you incurred.
How do I find out how much my divorce will cost?
If you wish to receive an estimate as to what your divorce will cost you, contact The Aikin Family Law Group at 407-644-4636 to schedule a consultation with a lawyer in your area. Keep in mind that all divorces are based on different circumstances which means one person might be required to pay more for their divorce than another.
The Aikin Family Law Group is located at:
111 N Orange Ave, Suite 800
Orlando, FL 32801