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Timing and Expense


New clients naturally want answers to “how long” their case will take and “how much” money they will have to spend to fight their case. To understand the answer to these pressing questions, it’s important to acknowledge a simple, unwavering truth…your case is against another person. You aren’t litigating against a corporation that has a set budget to fight a case and will settle once it becomes apparent that the case will cost “too much” money to fight. Nor are you litigating against the government that fears negative media attention and will sometimes quickly settle cases to avoid political backlash.


Instead, your case is against someone that is potentially infinitely less rational: your ex. If both you and your ex are reasonable and rational, there’s no reason a case will drag out or take particularly long to settle. However, in family law cases, when either party has aggressive expectations, the case will almost certainly take a while and cost an amount consistent with the following estimates:


Disclaimer: We are unable to guarantee the timing or price of your case, and the following general guidelines are intended as a rough estimate as to what you can expect if you pursue a case with our firm.


General Guidelines Regarding Costs

For simple divorce and custody battles in which the parties dispute few (if any) issues and no hearings are required, you can expect to pay somewhere in the range of $2,000 to $3,500 for representation including attorney’s fees and court costs.


For cases that consist of a couple of hearings and formal discovery but do not require trial, you can expect the total cost of the case to be somewhere in the $3,500 to $5,000 range.


For cases requiring a full trial including evidentiary hearings, exhibits, discovery and whatever else is required, the case will certainly cost more than $5,000.


Retainer

We work on a "retainer" (i.e. down-payment) basis. Our retainer is $3,000 and our hourly rate is $250 per hour.

* Retainers are a “down payment” for your case; the $3,000 retainer fee is collected at the onset of litigation and is refundable if not completely expended funding attorney’s fees, court costs, and miscellaneous expenses.

Timing

By law, no divorce in Arizona may be processed in less than 60 days. In all reality, most divorces take at least 120 days and can take more than one year when issues are contested and numerous hearings are required. Custody cases typically take a while too: plan on your custody case taking at least 6 months.