Experienced family law attorneys in the Philadelphia area typically charge at least $225 per hour for their services, and sometimes much more. The cost would depend on the hours spent working on the case to completion.
Instead, if this is a case of irreconciliable differences and both parties are seeking an amicable resolution, an attorney may accept the matter on a flat fee basis rather than the typical hourly arrangement. This would probably be a cost efficient way to handle the process. My clients typically enjoy flat fees because the costs become more clearly defined and they aren't billed for every little item within reason.
Under the flat fee, the attorney can draft the papers and work with you to propose a settlement agreement to the other party. Assuming all goes well, in Philadelphia this process could be completed in as little as six months.
Please be advised that flat fee arrangements usually have limitations that limit the scope of the engagement, so you could expect that if this matter turned for the worse and resulted in litigation, the hourly rate would go into effect. Again, this depends on the retainer agreement you have with your attorney. Not every situation is appropriate for a flat fee, but from what you've described here it seems that it could be a good option.
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Many times if the parties agree to all the issues a divorce can be fairly simple, the cost would be the filing fee and the use of one attny for a few hours, so yes, it can be quite inexpensive if everything and that means every little thing is agreed to, once the disagreements start then the entire proces could unravel. Hope things work out and take good care.
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