In the Dallas County area, attorneys’ hourly rates begin at approximately $200 per hour (for less experienced attorneys) and up to $500 per hour or more. Paralegals, who will likely be involved in doing a great deal of work in your case, generally have rates from $100 to $130 per hour. Before beginning work on your case, the attorney will likely request that you pay a retainer to cover his/her initial work. The amount of the retainer will vary according to how much work the attorney deems necessary to perform in your case. A typical retainer may range from $2,500 (for a simple divorce) on up to $25,000 depending upon the complexity of your case. However, it is impossible to know at the beginning of your case just how much the attorney’s representation will cost. That is because there are many variables, such as your spouse’s behavior and/or the attorney your spouse hires, which affect the amount of work that needs to be done in your case. Remember the old adage, “you get what you pay for.” Sometimes hiring the cheapest attorney you can find does not serve you well. You would be better served hiring the most experienced and qualified attorney you can afford.