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Standard Attorney's Fees for Uncontested Divorce & Separation

 

EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2012: The Virginia Code provisions regarding the requirement for depositions (or appearances in front of a judge) to present your no-fault and uncontested divorce case is changing.

For divorces filed after July 1, 2012, (and perhaps for divorces currently pending) the evidence in a truly uncontested divorce can be presented by affidavit instead of by depositions or live testimony. An affidavit is a simple document that we can prepare in our office that will make the process of uncontested divorces much easier and the costs commensurately lower.

We are still sorting out the implications of this new statute. We know this, however:  In an uncontested matter, it will save you money, and the fees below will not apply. Call our office for a quote for a no-fault, uncontested divorce.

 

There are different types of costs in the various kinds of cases which we handle. The largest cost is usually attorney's fees, which is what we charge for the work we do on your case. (See ATTORNEY'S FEE below.) Court costs are the fees that are charged by the court for the filing of the divorce papers and for preparation of various other papers (copies, subpoena requests, etc.) In contested cases, attorney's fees and court costs are higher, and there may be other costs you may incur for things such as depositions, private investigators, photographs, psychological evaluations, guardian ad litem fees, and tax consultants.

Uncontested Divorce

Uncontested, 1 year separation, no agreement, no children, no support

Basic Attorney Fee's

Filing Fees & Other Costs

Total Expected Fees and Costs

Services (generally optional) at Additional Fees or Court Cost

Initial
Retainer

$400

$84+/- filing fee

$75 for VA service $75 for out of state svc + state's svc fee or $75 waiver

$609 - $659

Cases in courts which require a Commissioner or formal court appearance to take depositions (e.g., Hampton, Norfolk, Va Beach)

Orders of Publication fee = $250-$300; Restore former name = $75+filing fee; drafting separation agreement, if desired, or if required to pursue 6 month separation divorce. 

$250 + Order of Pub fees within 10 days

 

Uncontested, six month separation with agreement OR 1 year separation with agreement; no children ; no support

Basic Attorney Fee's

Filing Fees & Other Costs

Total Expected Fees and Costs

Services (generally optional) at Additional Fees or Court Cost

Initial
Retainer

$450

$84+/- filing fee
 
$75 for VA service $75 for out of state svc + state's svc fee or $75waiver

$609 - $659

If Separation Agreement drafted by DLC.
deduct $50.

$250

 

Uncontested, 1 year separation with agreement, with children - no support

Basic Attorney Fee's

Filing Fees & Other Costs

Total Expected Fees and Costs

Services (generally optional) at Additional Fees or Court Cost

Initial
Retainer

$500

$84+/- filing fee
 
$75 for VA service $75 for out of state svc + state's svc fee or $75 waiver

$659

Above conditions; separation agreement negotiations or modifications; drafting of Qualified Domestic Relations Order to divide retirement pay; drafting deeds to transfer real property pursuant to separation agreement;  review of separation agreement prepared outside of our office to determine child and/or spousal support language for final decree...

$250

 

Uncontested, 1 year separation, with agreement, with children & with child support

Basic Attorney Fee's

Filing Fees & Other Costs

Total Expected Fees and Costs

Services (generally optional) at Additional Fees or Court Cost

Initial
Retainer

$600

$84+/- filing fee
 
$75 for VA service $75 for out of state svc + state's svc fee or $75 waiver

$709

If Separation Agreement drafted by DLC.
deduct $50.

$250

 

Uncontested, 1 year separation, with agreement, with children, w/ child and spousal support

Basic Attorney Fee's

Filing Fees & Other Costs

Total Expected Fees and Costs

Services (generally optional) at Additional Fees or Court Cost

Initial
Retainer

$650

$84+/- filing fee
 
$75 for VA service $75 for out of state svc + state's svc fee or $75 waiver

$759

If Separation Agreement drafted by DLC.
deduct $50.

$250

 

Uncontested, 1 year separation, with agreement, with children, w/ child and spousal support

Basic Attorney Fee's

Filing Fees & Other Costs

Total Expected Fees and Costs

Services (generally optional) at Additional Fees or Court Cost

Initial
Retainer

$700

$84+/- filing fee
 
$75 for VA service $75 for out of state svc + state's svc fee or $75 waiver

$809

If Separation Agreement drafted by DLC.
deduct $50.

$250

 

Separation Agreements

6 month separation, no children, no support, no property

Basic Attorney Fee's

Filing Fees & Other Costs

Total Expected Fees and Costs

Services (generally optional) at Additional Fees or Court Cost

Initial
Retainer

$350
(very basic agreement)

 

 

Negotiations; redrafts; correspondence; client consultations

$350

 

6 month separation or 1 year separation,  no support, personal property only.

Basic Attorney Fee's

Filing Fees & Other Costs

Total Expected Fees and Costs

Services (generally optional) at Additional Fees or Court Cost

Initial
Retainer

$400

 

 

Negotiations; redrafts; correspondence; client consultations

Add $50 for each additional piece of real estate

$400

 

1 year separation, with children & child support

Basic Attorney Fee's

Filing Fees & Other Costs

Total Expected Fees and Costs

Services (generally optional) at Additional Fees or Court Cost

Initial
Retainer

$500 - $600

 

 

Negotiations; redrafts; correspondence; client consultations

Full anticipated fee

 

1 year separation, with children and child and spousal support

Basic Attorney Fee's

Filing Fees & Other Costs

Total Expected Fees and Costs

Services (generally optional) at Additional Fees or Court Cost

Initial
Retainer

$550 - $750

 

 

Negotiations; redrafts; correspondence; client consultations

Full anticipated fee

 

1 year separation, with children, child & spousal support plus retirement language

Basic Attorney Fee's

Filing Fees & Other Costs

Total Expected Fees and Costs

Services (generally optional) at Additional Fees or Court Cost

Initial
Retainer

$600 - $800

 

 

Negotiations; redrafts; correspondence; client consultations
Attorney will quote actual fee after initial consultation

$250

 

Consent Custody Orders: Same as Separation Agreements + $250 to process through court.

Basic Attorney Fee's

Filing Fees & Other Costs

Total Expected Fees and Costs

Services (generally optional) at Additional Fees or Court Cost

Initial
Retainer

 

$25 per Child

 

 

 

 

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