Keys to Hiring a Divorce Attorney

If we were all perfectly logical, a divorce would be simple and you wouldn’t  need to hire an attorney.  You and your spouse only need to agree to child support, child custody visitation, spousal support, division of assets, and you can filed an uncontested divorce.

If you can agree to all these things,  you can file an uncontested divorce and might not need a divorce attorney.  Most uncontested divorces are quick and simple.  Feel free to use our Joint Petition checklist to make sure you have your paperwork in order.

If we were all logical, hiring a divorce attorney would only be for folks with complicated  issues.  But, most divorces are emotional and not logical.  Many couples are unable settle everything amicably.  This is when you have a contested divorce, and need to hire a divorce lawyer.

Divorce Attorney Fee

So how much does a divorce cost in Las Vegas? It’s hard to know exactly what your contested divorce will cost.

We have ideas  or averages, but exact numbers are hard to determine because we don’t know what your spouse or their attorney are going to do.  They may be emotionally unhinged and willing to go to court on unreasonable claims.  For example, we have seen $20,000 divorce cases because the other spouse wanted a judge to know their spouse had an affair. Unfortunately, divorce courts don’t care about affairs.

And, we have seen clients spend $10,000 in attorney fees to fight over a $2,000 washer and dryer.   Obviously this doesn’t makes sense, but emotions can over rule logic.

Divorce cases fall into two main categories. They are either uncontested or contested. The average contested divorce costs  $6,000 to $12,000.  While the average uncontested divorce costs  $2,000.

Contested Divorce Fees

If your are unable to either file a Joint Petition you will need a divorce attorney to help with a “contested divorce.” Divorce lawyers have two main ways to charge for a contested divorce, either hourly or fixed fee.

Under the hourly billing method an attorney charges you for every minute of work on your case. At the end of the month the law firm sends you a bill. This bill could be one hour or it could be more than twenty  hours.

With a fixed fee, the attorney lists the services he or she will perform and the cost. You only pay the fixed fee for the listed tasks.  It doesn’t matter how many hours are spent on the tasks.  Right Lawyers typically charges a fixed fee for divorce and custody matters.

Keys to Hiring the Best Divorce Attorney

Hire a lawyer with at least three or more years of divorce experience, or child custody experience.  You want a lawyer who has specific experience being in family court.   Don’t use a business attorney to represent you in a family court or vice versa. They are two completely different types of law. In Las Vegas, they are also two different courts.

Next look for online reviews which speak about both the attorney and staff. You will be dealing with the staff as much as the attorney.  Most times you can get a good feel for the law firm on the first phone call.   Were the friendly, and did they answer your questions?  Did they take a message, and most import, did the attorney call you back.

Look for an attorney that reasonable believes and supports your requests.  Does the attorney agree with your request for primary custody, or your hope to keep the home.   If not, then you might have the wrong divorce lawyer.    Although, if you talk with two or three attorneys and none of them t think you can win on an issue, then maybe you need to rethink your requests.   No sense in fighting a losing cause.

Speak with a law firm that provides you with an initial consultation with an actual divorce attorney.   Some have you meet with a paralegal first.  Working with a paralegal after you hire the attorney is acceptable, and quite normal.

If your case is likely to go to trial, then look for an attorney with at least a dozen divorce trials under their belt. Just because they have an attorney license doesn’t mean they know how to handle a trial. You don’t want to be someone’s guinea pig.

Questions to Ask a Divorce Lawyer

  • How many times have you handled a divorce trial?
  • How many years of of divorce law experience do you have?
  • What are your typical fees?
  • Who else in your office will be working on my case?
  • In your experience, what do you think the judge will do in my case?

Try to be conscious of answers that are honest (you may not like them) versus answers given only to get your business. If everything sounds too good to be true, consult with another attorney for a second opinion.   Second opinions are good to have.

When to Hire A Divorce Attorney

Like we said, hiring a divorce lawyer is not required. Yet in some situations, you have to choose between your wallet and your health. Divorces are stressful as well as exhausting. Consider hiring a divorce lawyer to handle things for you and focus on your well being.

If any of the following situations apply to you, then you might want to consider hiring a Las Vegas divorce lawyer.

  • If you roll-up in a fetal position every time you read a legal document, you may want to hire someone.
  • If you are seeking protective orders (or TPO) against a spouse. Cases involving protective orders are too difficult, and possibly too dangerous, to handle on your own.
  • If speaking in court in front of a judge scares you. There is a high probability you will need to present your case in open court in front of the judge.
  • If you and your spouse have a considerable amount of debt. Nevada divides debts as well as assets equally. You don’t want to end up paying off your ex’s debts.
  • If you own real estate or a business. Business evaluations absolutely need expert legal assistance.
  • If one of the contested issues is alimony or spousal support. Spousal support formulas are complex.
  • If your spouse has left the state with the children. Child Custody Relocation cases are too complicated to handle without a divorce attorney.

Are you looking to hire a divorce attorney? Call RIGHT Lawyers today at  (702) 914-0400

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