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What is Flat Fee Divorce?

Some attorneys - not all - will handle certain divorces for a flat fee. This is generally a set price for a divorce from beginning to end. A flat fee divorce is generally limited to truly uncontested and simple divorces without asset division. Even with a flat fee divorce, the client should be aware of other costs and fees.  Nearly all attorneys will have clients sign a Fee Agreement.  This should outline all costs and responsibilities of the client and the attorney.  In addition to the retainer, often additional fees and costs may be required and are paid by the client. These fees for divorce often include: filing fees, service fees, warning order attorneys, guardian ad litem, mediation costs and fees, and costs for depositions including court reporters.  If uncontested flat fee is reached, there are also often additional fees for QDRO preparation and division, preparation of Deeds and transfer of specific assets.  There are times when the fees may even exceed the legal costs. The majority of  divorce attorneys are paid on an hourly basis.  The attorney should spell out the process, initial retainer and anticipated costs in the initial consultation.  A retainer is a set amount of up front money.  If done on a flat fee basis, the retain may be the full flat fee or it may be a portion with payment arrangements for the balance.  If you do not understand your retainer agreement, be sure to ask.  A retainer is often a good faith down payment on services to be rendered.  Almost all attorneys requires some form of a retainer.     Generally, fees can be paid by check, cash, and any debit or credit cards.  Other arrangements may be made on an individual basis. If you have questions or concerns, ask your attorney. For a consultation in Northern Kentucky, call Michael Bouldin at859-581-6453 or email at [email protected].

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