I get calls asking what will such and such case cost? Last week it was someone asking what was my fee for a joint custody case and regular custody case. Disregarding that legally there is not much difference between the two, the caller assumed that there was a generic price that covered all cases.
I do not have a prix fixe fee schedule. I like how Mississippi Family Law Mediation and Counseling Blog handles this issue in Before you hire an attorney --- What you need to know:
* What kind of fee can you expect to pay?
This is a very difficult question for the attorney to answer because during the early stages of a divorce case the attorney does not know how much time he will spend on the case.
You can find out the hourly charge for services and what kinds of litigation expenses you can expect to incur. Items such as fees for private investigators, appraisers, accountants and a variety of other specialists might be needed.
What you are getting with a custody case is custom work. Think tailor made and not off the rack, and you should see why the facts matter. About all I can do is give a range of fees and an explanation of why there is a range. I do have a list showing the range work that can go into a custody case and the associated fees posted here.
About paying for a custody case, I suggest reading Maryland Divorce Legal Crier's How To Pay for A Divorce Attorney. These things apply to a custody case, too. I would add to the list making installment payments but would not sub