Understanding the cost of hiring a family law attorney is crucial for budgeting and making informed decisions. At the Blacknall Firm, we provide transparent fee estimates to help you gauge the initial payment required for various family law matters.

Guidelines for Estimating Family Law Attorney Costs

The costs mentioned below are initial retainers and serve as guidelines. Your case might require more or less, based on your specific circumstances and case history.

  • Hourly Rates:
    • Associate Attorneys: $350/hour
    • Paralegals: $195/hour
    • Note: We do not offer payment plans for the initial retainer.

Cost Breakdown for Various Family Law Matters:

  1. Uncontested Divorce or Uncontested Custody:
    • Without children: $3,500+
    • With children or Custody: $3,500+
    • With substantial assets: $7,500+
  2. Contested Divorce or Custody:
    • Middle-Income Divorce with children and contested custody: $3,500 – $15,000+
    • Middle-Income Divorce without children: $3,500 – $10,000+
    • Middle-Income Divorce with children, contested custody, and asset disputes: $7,500 – $15,000+
    • Mid-asset case (marital estate from $200,000 up to $500,000): $5,000 – $25,000+
    • High-asset case (marital estate over $500,000): $20,000 – $50,000+
  3. Other  Family Law Matters:
    • Modification of Child Support: $3,500-$7,500+
    • Modification of Custody: $3,500-$50,000+
    • Custody and child support Enforcement: $3,500-$50,000+
    • TPO (Temporary Protective Order): $3,500+
    • TRO (Temporary Restraining Order): $3,500+
    • Habeas: $3,500+
    • Adoption: $10,000+
    • Prenuptial/Postnuptial Agreements: $3,500+
    • Name Change (Adult or Child): $3,500+

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