You don't want or need a private judge. You want a mediator.
A mediator can sit with you both, neutrally, and help you craft the requisite paperwork. (There's a fair amount of this required, even if you are not contesting your terms.) Then they can draft your settlement agreement, and submit it to court for the (actual) judge's signature.
This would be MUCH cheaper than hiring a private judge.
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Do a search on your computer for private attorneys in your area and find out what their rates are - but it will totally depend on why you need a judge in an "uncontested" divorce. If the divorce is uncontested, you do not need a judicial officer to rule on your disputes because you don't have any disputes, and you certainly don't need a private judge to complete your paperwork.
if it's uncontested, what do you need a judge for? What needs to be done to "close" the case? I think you need limited scope representation.
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You can call Jams for a quote, but typically they run between $450 and $600 per hour and most of the time they will ask for an advance of around $5000.
I believe when you say "private judge" you are referring to a mediator. Often times mediators are retired judges who help "mediate" a case, meaning that they work with the two people involved in a case and get them to come to a settlement and close their case out.
However, if your case really is uncontested, there is no need to pay for a mediator. Mediation services are expensive, and when mediators are also retired judges they charge a very hefty fee. For a retired judge mediator it is usually around $400+ per hour. All you need to do is just go through the public court system. If you are trying to do this as cheaply as possible, the california court website has a well written step by step guide for people who want to do their divorces themselves.
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