My wife and I just separated. I want to pursue a divorce. She earns more money and has a state pension. We also have a rental property. I have little credit and I am a first year teacher. We have an 18 year old son and a 16 year old son.
I want quotes from local Sacramento attorneys, a flat fee if possible.
Attorneys cannot quote you here, and flat fee only works for limited scope.
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Most family law attorneys will not do a flat fee. Usually, you'll have to pay a retainer.
However, you may be entitled to have your wife pay attorney's fees and costs. The courts want to ensure equal access to representation. This means that if you have a need and she has an ability to pay, then you can have the court order her to cover your attorney's fees. This will, of course, come out of your share of the community property at the end. But don't get an attorney "on the cheap." You'd only be doing yourself a disservice.
Search avvo for an attorney in your area. You may also want to think about hiring a Certified Family Law Specialist. But definitely hire a family law attorney. When you go, be prepared to talk about your entire financial situation as well as your wife's financial situation. An experienced attorney can then determine if you would be eligible for attorney's fees and costs.
State Bar rules and Avvo Community Guidelines prohibit client solicitation. Go to the "Find a Lawyer" link at the top of each Avvo page; enter "Sacramento" and "Family Law" or "Divorce" and you will see many profiles of attorneys for you to contact about a fixed fee.
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