How do divorce lawyers charge?

This blog post is from Raiser & Kenniff PC, an elite team of matrimonial attorneys in NYC.  Typically, divorce attorneys charge in one of two ways

  1. Charge Flat Retainer

If the divorce attorney feels the amount of work is limited, or is highly predictable – then the attorney will be comfortable charging a flat fee. With a flat fee, the attorney cannot charge more money than quoted. So it limits his/her ability to make money, and it also limits your overall costs. Many attorneys will refuse this method of billing if they foresee potential issues, such as court, etc

2. Charge Hourly

In most circumstances, a divorce attorney will charge an hourly fee of $200-$500.