Asked about 1 year ago - Orlando, FLFlag
Trying to keep costs down as much as possible but need legal advice regarding divorce proceedings.
Good question. I'm surprised it's not asked more. It varies greatly depending on your location. New lawyers and associates (non-partners) in small towns in Florida can have rates as low as $125 per hour. Partners in cities like Miami or New York can have rates as high as $1000 per hour or even more. A common rate for a divorce lawyer in the city you posted from (Orlando) is probably about $200 to $350 per hour. When shopping for a lawyer, you should probably ask for an overall estimate of what you think your divorce will cost. Although a lot of things can influence this--most especially how hard the other side "fights"--a good lawyer should be able to give you a general idea of what your case should cost from start to finish.
In Central Florida $300.00 per hour is mid range. The filing fee alone is
The cost of a divorce is tied to the complexity of your financial
circumstances and the level of conflict between you and your spouse.
You should at least pay to have a family lawyer explain how the system
works and what your rights and obligations may be.
Hourly rates can vary greatly and are mostly based on knowledge and experience (typically anywhere from $100.00 per hour to $400.00 per hour). Newer attorneys may charge less, but also may not give you correct or accurate information. As has been stated, you get what you pay for, and when dealing with issues that will have a lasting impact on your life and the lives of your children (presuming children are involved), it is best not to make cost the main consideration in determining how to proceed.
Should you wish to discuss this matter further, my office offers free initial telephone consultations. During the consultation, we can discuss the particulars of your situation in depth, as well as explore your potential rights and options. If you would like to coordinate a free initial telephone consultation, please contact my office at 407-971-6140 or 352-324-2444 to schedule same.
Please note that THESE COMMENTS ARE NOT INTENDED AS LEGAL ADVICE and are for informational purposes only. This response is not intended to create any attorney-client relationship and is only based on the limited facts given. The response might change should additional facts be learned and should not be relied on as legal advice. It is recommended that you consult with an attorney who can properly assess the situation, as well as all pertinent facts, prior to taking any action based on the foregoing statements.
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Clermont, FL 34711-3164
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