Typically, when you retain a lawyer after separating from your spouse, your lawyer will deal with your case from the beginning to the end. Just to get your case started, you will have to pay the lawyer a retainer in the range of $1,500.00 to $10,000.00 before he or she will even start working on your case and by the time your case is finally heard by a trial judge, the average case can cost you between $25,000.00 and $50,000.00.
In addition to the lawyer’s fees, there will be disbursements to other service-providers required to move your case forward or explain it to the judge, including government filing fees of between $447.00 and $585.00. These fees for are for filing the application for requesting a Clearance Certificate from the Central Registry of Divorce, for the motion to obtain the Divorce Order, and to obtain a Divorce Certificate.
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Robert Berman is a Toronto divorce lawyer who runs Berman Barristers. He is also the founder of myOntarioDivorce.com, an innovative new Do It Yourself divorce website.