Michigan Affordable Divorce
* 15 minute phone family law consult consultation – $49
* 30 minute phone divorce and separation consultation – $69
* 30 minute phone child custody and child support consultation – $69
* Review of prenuptial agreement (up to 10 pages) – $69
* Review of postnuptial agreement (up to 10 pages) – $69
* Document review judgment of divorce (up to 10 pages) – $99
* Legal separation with children document review, judgment of separation (up to 10 pages)- $99
* Uncontested divorce without children in Oakland county, Macomb county and Wayne county – $1,499 (plus court & filing fees)
* Uncontested divorce with children in Oakland county, Macomb county and Wayne county – $2,149, (plus court & filing fees)
* Court filing fees – $175 – $230
* Engage a process Server – $50 – $100 for service
* Court reporter for deposition – $75 attendance fee, $200+ for transcription fee
* Interpreter (for non-English speaking clients) – $100 – $300
* Some restrictions may apply, please call (248) 588-3333 for details.
* Must mention these rates when contacting our law firm.
Are You Going Through A Divorce?
If you are going through the divorce process, you probably have found yourself in need for a good lawyer. Nobody likes going to court feeling ill-equipped or unprepared for what lies ahead. Finding an attorney that you are comfortable with may be one of the most important decisions you make. If you can’t get along with your attorney, then who can you get along with?
How Much Does a Good Attorney Cost?
The answer to this question is the same answer given by every attorney to just about any client he/she has ever had: It depends. I once had a professor in law school who tried to make the case that being a successful attorney had nothing to do with “how good” that person was at his job, or what kind of credentials they may have, but more to do with whether other people liked that particular attorney. He used to ask us, “You don’t know what kind of grades your dentist got, do you?” While I agree with the idea that lawyers need to have good working relationships with their clients, I disagree with the notion that their knowledge of the law—or how to apply it to your case—is meaningless. In fact, you are doing yourself a great disservice if you settle on a lawyer who has little incentive to work hard on your case.
The Michigan Rules of Professional Responsibility state that legal fees must be “reasonable.” How is reasonableness determined when it comes to these fees? An attorney’s experience, reputation, number of hours worked on a particular task, and the kind of work involved are just a few of the factors that will be considered in determining whether attorney fees are reasonable.
Get an Affordable Divorce Lawyer Today
So, what does a good divorce lawyer cost? I don’t know. It depends on how many issues there are to argue over, or whether you get along with the other side. The only thing I know is that it is important to find an attorney with a good track record, and to find one that you can trust with your most precious secrets. Don’t short-change yourself now. Contact Akiva Goldman & Associates; it’s a firm with years of divorce experience. Call us today for a free initial telephone consultation at 586-268-2400.
Attorney Fees in Michigan Divorces
Attorney fees play an important role in divorce cases. It may often times seem like the party who is better off financially has a significant advantage over his/her cash-strapped counterpart. However, the law goes out of its way to see to it that divorce judgments are fair. One tool available at the disposal of a party that earns significantly less is to order the higher-earning party to pay attorney fees.
How Do Attorneys Charge Clients in Divorce Cases?
Most attorneys require a retainer to be paid at the onset of representation, and they bill their clients at an hourly rate. Other attorneys may choose to charge a flat fee to get their clients a divorce. Many clients wonder whether they can be charged on a contingency fee basis, or, no fee is paid to the attorney unless some particular outcome is achieved. These kind of arrangements are not allowed for family law cases in Michigan, and they are typically only utilized in personal injury cases.
When Are the Payment of Attorney Fees Appropriate?
Michigan Court Rule 3.206 provides as follows:
(C) Attorney Fees and Expenses.
(1) A party may, at any time, request that the court order the other party to pay all or part of the attorney fees and expenses related to the action or a specific proceeding, including a post-judgment proceeding.
(2) A party who requests attorney fees and expenses must allege facts sufficient to show that
(a) the party is unable to bear the expense of the action, and that the other party is able to pay, or
(b) the attorney fees and expenses were incurred because the other party refused to comply with a previous court order, despite having the ability to comply.
So, what does this mean? There are two scenarios in which the award of attorney fees is appropriate: where one party shows significant need or as punishment for a party’s refusal to obey the court.
Contact a Michigan Divorce Attorney With Reasonable Rates Today
Even if you have limited assets, the law protects you and sees to it that you are able to protect yourself with legal representation. Contact Goldman & Associates today for a free initial consultation. We can let you know whether you are eligible to receive attorney fees from your spouse. Call us today at 586-268-2400.