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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do I hire a good divorce attorney?

It’s important to spend an adequate amount of time researching and vetting several divorce attorneys before you hire one. Start by searching for top-rated lawyers near you, and read through their clients’ reviews. Get an idea of their reputation, how successful they are and how they set their pricing. 

Make sure each attorney you’re considering is admitted to the bar in the state where your divorce could be adjudicated (ask your prospective lawyer first if you aren’t sure which state is right). And when you feel like you have a good list of potential divorce lawyers who can handle your case, contact them to get price estimates, their hourly rates and any other pricing terms.

How much does it cost to hire a divorce lawyer?

The average cost to hire a divorce lawyer is roughly between $175 to $325 per hour. However, your costs may be higher or lower — it depends on several factors. For example, an uncontested divorce may cost less than a contested divorce.

Reach out to several divorce lawyers to find out how much they charge and what you can expect to pay. 

Also read, “How much does a divorce cost?

Who pays for a divorce?

Often, each spouse pays their own respective lawyer’s attorney fees and costs during a divorce. However, certain circumstances may lead to one party paying for the other’s legal fees.

Do divorce lawyers work on contingency?

It’s unusual for divorce lawyers to work on contingency, where they receive an agreed-upon proportion of the awarded amount if and only if they win the case. It's much more common for lawyers to work on a retainer or on a fixed hourly fee. Always discuss the fees and payment options with lawyers you’re considering hiring.

When should I hire a divorce attorney?

You should hire a divorce attorney in situations where settlements are hard to reach between you and your spouse, or if you want to better understand your rights. This includes a wide range of complicated issues, with common examples being:

  • Child custody and child support
  • Debts owed
  • Future assets like inheritance
  • Current assets like houses, cars and valuables

You should hire an attorney if you and your spouse are having difficulty agreeing to terms on how to handle these issues.

What do lawyers do in a divorce?

A divorce lawyer handles negotiations regarding how assets are divided between spouses, as well as who assumes debts. The divorce lawyer can also help establish an agreement for child support and child custody between the spouses. All of this requires research and evidence gathering, as well as compiling and filing paperwork with the court that summarizes the evidence. 

How do lawyers get paid if they lose a case?

Lawyers typically charge for their time (typically a hourly rate) regardless of whether they win a case. Sometimes, the losing party is ordered to pay the other party’s lawyer fees on top of their own. Some lawyers also work on contingency, meaning they will take a percentage of the awarded amount only if they successfully win the case. 

Before hiring a lawyer, make sure you understand their fee structure.

Reviews for San Antonio divorce attorneys
Kareshma P.
My experience with Mr. Ricardo was horrible and stressful. I contact Mr, Ricardo on/around 14 April 2020 and expressed me interest in an uncontested divorce. I asked specific questions about the timeline and Mr. Ricardo assured me that the divorce would be finalized by 15 June 2020 despite the COVID restrictions. Mr. Ricardo took my money within an hour of our conversation, which I expected. I had to reach out to Mr. Ricardo several times in the next 60 days requesting the next step / paperwork needed to ensure our deadline was met. Mr. Ricardo did not respond to my emails on several occasions. Towards the end of May I contact Mr. Ricardo and he stated as long as I have the requested paperwork to him 10 days prior to 15 June 2020 then we are on track for a finalize divorce upon that date. I sent the requested documents 10 days prior and contact Mr. Ricardo for an update. During that time Mr. Ricardo was extremely unprofessional. He proceeded to tell me that he was on paternity leave and he has not drafted my decree yet?!?! This was frustrating seeing that I had been in contact with him several times before June and made him aware of my urgency. I fully understand that personal situations arise and I realize the COVID challenges that presented itself, however the delay in my paperwork and the stressful process of trying to rush everything at that last minute was strictly based on Mr. Ricardo’s failure to prepare everything needed in my file before the brith of his child. Our agreement was made in April and 50 days later this lawyer did little to no work on our divorce. In the process of trying to cramp everything in last minute Mr. Ricardo hung up on me, never was able to take my phone call after that (would only respond through text or email even after I requested multiple phone calls), spoke unprofessional to me through text, and made our experience very stressful. I would encourage other to explore alternate options for an attorney due to his unprofessional conduct and lack of work ethic.
The Law Office of Ricardo BrionesThe Law Office of Ricardo Briones
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