The total cost, like the amount of time it may to take to complete your divorce, is difficult to predict. The nature and extent of the assets, the complexity of the legal issues, and the cooperation of the parties are significant factors. Most attorneys will require an initial retainer fee before starting to represent you. Usually, you are billed on an hourly basis against that retainer for legal services as they are rendered. You receive periodic statements advising you of the status of your account. In the event your initial retainer is insufficient to cover legal fees and costs, you are expected to pay for services rendered to keep your account current. If, at any time, you have a question about your bill, you should feel free to discuss it with your attorney.
David Wildstein, Esq. has been practicing matrimonial law for more than 30 years. He heads the 12-member family-law department of Wilentz Goldman Spitzer P.A. in Woodbridge, NJ and New York City. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America.