Divorce and Family Lawyer Retainer Fee Costs

The Initial Consultation

At the initial consultation we find out about the circumstances of your case, explain what we plan to do to help you and quote you how much will be the retainer fee we will charge to represent you.  A 30-minute consultation by phone is free.  We charge $100 for an additional one-hour consultation in the office.

Flat Vs. Hourly Retainer Fees

AAA Family Law charges almost all of its clients a fixed or flat family lawyer retainer fee for an amount that you will know before paying or signing any contract. With a flat fee retainer contract you pay the same amount regardless of how many hours we spend working on your case. You will not have to worry each month about how large the legal bill will be.

Below we quote a range of family lawyer retainer fees for each type of case.  Each individual case has a different degree of complexity and amount of work, the higher that is, the higher will be the fee within the stated range. But you can be sure of this: after we discuss your case during the initial consultation, and before you pay or sign a flat-fee contract, you will know exactly how much your representation by AAA Family Law will cost you.

If we encounter a very rare case whose complexity could be too uncertain to be able to gauge how much work it will require, we reserve the right to charge a retainer fees that is paid based on hours worked times an hourly rate. But, even with an hourly retainer you will never be blindsided by our fees. We charge a reasonable hourly fee, and always explain to our clients in advance what legal actions are needed to seek a favorable outcome.

Retainer Fee Phases

Most family law cases go through as many as three phases: (1) pre-mediation, (2) mediation, and (3) trial. Since it is not possible to predict whether your case will advance to the third phase, we only initially charge you for the combined phases one and two.  If mediation does not resolve your case and it goes to trial. we will then let you know in advance how much the trial phase will cost you within the rage listed on the table below

For example, if you and your divorcing spouse settle at the court-ordered mediation, you will not have to pay any more to AAA Family Law. But, if you do not settle with your spouse during mediation, your case will likely proceed to its trial phase. At that point, we will tell you in advance what your trial retainer fee will be and why.

The actual retainer fee cost within each range depends on the complexity of your individual case.  That actual total costs will be shown to you before signing any contract or making any payment.  For cases where there is mediation, if a settlement is not achieved at the mediation phase, there is an additional retainer fee that you will know before deciding to proceed to a trial in family court, where a judge will make the final judgment. In addition to retainer fees there are also court costs paid by the client directly to the court.  They are:

Court Costs

Divorce Cases                                $420
Paternity Cases                             $300
Judgment Modification Cases       $50

Range of Attorney Retainer Fee Costs By Type of Case

Family Court Cases

Child Support Only Cases (Department of Revenue) $1,200    - $1,800
Contested Divorce Up To Mediation* $2,400    - $3,600
Custody Actions By Extended Family Members $2,100    - $3,000
Department of Children & Families Dependency Cases $3,600    - $6,000
Domestic Violence Injunction Hearings $1,200    - $1,800
Motions for Enforcement or Contempt of Judgement $1,200    - $1,800
Paternity Cases Up to Meditaion* $2,100    - $3,000
Petitions For Relocation $2,400    - $3,600
Post-Judgment Modification of Decrees $1,800    - $3,000
Prenuptial Agreements $1,200    - $1,500
Review of Proposed Marital Settlement Agreements $600    - $900
Uncontested Adoptions $1,200    - $1,500
Uncontested Divorce $1,200    - $1,800
                                                                                                          
*Most cases are settled at the mediation.  If the case needs to go    to trial, the range of attorney retention fees is $2,000 to $4,000.                                    

      
Family Law Appeal Cases
Appeals of Final Orders $3,600    - $6,000
Appeals of Non-Final Orders $2,400    - $4,800


Financing The Attorney Retainer Fee

We offer prospective clients the choice of an affordable fee in the form of a monthly payment plan or a single discounted up front payment.  

Also consider other financing sources.  To help you find and make decisions about how to finance you payments please read: Financing Family Lawyer Attorney Fees.

Forms of Payment

AAA Family Law accepts these forms of payment:

Check, Cash or Visa, Master Card or Discover credit cards


Information On Family Law Attorney Eduardo J. Mejias

Attorney Mejias has been a family lawyer in Florida since 2005, practicing exclusively family law in the Orlando metro area since 2011.

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Eduardo J. Mejias