Denver Divorce Lawyer Fees

Like most people considering a divorce, one of the biggest concerns is how much will a divorce cost? Most attorneys will tell you the classic lawyer answer: it depends.

But not anymore.

At Robinson & Henry, we believe that our clients should have a choice. That’s why we give you three options when retaining us:

No matter your preferred method of representation, you will always have a lawyer that is willing to help you through the legal process. Call us at (303) 688-0944 to discuss your options.

Pay As You Go Limited Engagement

Most divorces between reasonable adults do not require attorneys. When there are few assets, or the parties are amicable, handling the divorce yourself may be the best approach for you.

But questions often arise.

  • How do I calculate child support
  • What should I be considering before I sign a separation agreement
  • How do I prepare for court
  • How do I fill out financial forms

We give our clients on a limited scope engagement the ability to call or meet with our attorney “on demand.” Once you are signed up, simply call or set up a time to meet with our attorneys to review any documents you have or discuss questions you have as you go through the divorce.

Pros of Pay As You Go:

  • You decide when you need our help. And if you do not need us, you do not pay.
  • Get your individual questions answered as they come up.
  • Gain the practical experience of our attorneys to make the process as quick and painless as possible.
  • Avoid common pitfalls that require expensive post-decree cases.
  • Get documents reviewed before you sign.
  • Learn what a court is like to do, so you are prepared for negotiations.

Cons of Pay as You Go:

  • You are in charge of your case, including deadlines and filings.
  • You must negotiate with your spouse or another attorney, which you may find difficult.
  • If your case goes to trial, you must present your evidence before a judge and understand all evidentiary rules.
  • You may lack a case strategy because a lawyer is not fully involved in your case.

Traditional Hourly Retainers

Under a traditional hourly retainer, our lawyers handle your case and bill you your the time that they spend. The amount that is charge depends on the lawyer or paralegal performing the work and the amount of time spent.

For example, if a lawyer drafts the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. Her billing rate is $250 an hour and it takes her 1.5 hours. The client would be charged $375, which is calculated as follows:

1.5 hours x $250 = $375.

Pros of a Traditional Retainer:

  • Our attorneys handle every aspect of your case, from negotiations, court appearances, and drafting your pleadings.
  • You gain from our experience and strategies that have worked in the past for other clients.
  • We are available to speak with you regarding your case.
  • Avoid common pitfalls that require expensive post-decree cases.
  • An attorney advocating for your best interests throughout the entire process.

Cons of Pay as You Go:

  • Traditional hourly billing can be expensive.
  • Your fees are unknown, so it is difficult to prepare or plan for how much it will cost.

Our rates for a traditional retainer are as follows:

Attorneys: $200 – $350 an hour
Paralegals: $175 an hour
The typical initial retainer required is $2,250.

Fixed Fee Divorce Cases

 

Our divorce Attorney’s Fee Calculator gives you a range of how much your divorce will cost. It’s not exact, it’s an estimation based on your survey responses. The exact cost of your divorce will be determined at your free consultation.

What we can say for sure is that you will never be surprised by your bill.

If you hire Robinson & Henry for your divorce, before you sign a single document
you will know exactly how much your divorce will cost per month, down to the penny.

We do things differently here. That should be obvious by now. Our free articles and links simplify the divorce process and give you every resource you need to understand the issues and even do it yourself if that’s your best option.

We also don’t bill for our time and expenses. Robinson & Henry uses flat-fee billing instead of the traditional hourly billing model.

You read that right. We don’t bill for our time and expenses. Nobody hires a lawyer for time. Whose idea was that? You hire a lawyer to resolve your divorce quickly and without a lot of stress and complications.

But that’s not what you get if you hire a lawyer that bills by the hour. Think about it. How does that lawyer make the most money? His incentive is to bill as much time as possible on your case. Have you ever wondered if your lawyer padded his bill?

You know good lawyers aren’t cheap. You get what you pay for. Robinson & Henry is no different.

But hiring and working with a lawyer doesn’t have to be stressful.

By offering flat fees, Robinson & Henry’s attorneys have the same incentive you do, the bottom line. Get the matter done as quickly and stress-free as possible.

When you hire Robinson & Henry, you know up-front how much your divorce will cost before you sign a single document. All of it, not just the initial retainer.

No monthly bills, no annoying phone calls threatening to stop your case if you don’t pay more money, and no surprise fees.

We also arrange up-front, structured monthly payments so you know how much you will pay for your divorce every month. How’s that for budgeting?

With our up-front, flat fee model:

  • You have anytime access to your lawyer without worrying about the meter running, including phone calls and in-person meetings.
  • Your attorney will be at every hearing and conference without worrying about delays, cancelations, or travel fees.
  • You won’t worry about paying for experts that your case requires.
  • You and your attorney will prepare your court documents and determine your legal together, as a team, without worrying about how much it will cost.

And as a registered member of our community, you’ll also have 24/7 access to all of our free resources, including our:

  • Alimony Calculator and Child Support Calculator
  • Court forms
  • Social and emotional support articles, and
  • Attorney Q&A, where you can get attorney and member responses to your real-life legal questions.

Our flat-fee model includes:

  • Preparing all court documents required for your divorce, including the initial Petition, financial disclosures, separation agreements, child support and custody forms, and the final order.
  • Attending any hearings, mediation sessions, client meetings, and settlement conferences.
  • All phone calls and communications between you and your lawyer, opposing counsel, the courts, and experts.
  • All case expenses, including mailings, court costs, and travel for hearings, meetings, and conferences.

The only situation your flat fee will not cover is representation for a contested hearing prior to the judge issuing the final Decree for Dissolution of Marriage. Our flat-fee model covers 90% of the divorces filed, but sometimes the parties can’t agree on every issue, and a contested Permanent Orders Hearing is required to decide unresolved matters.

Litigation is expensive, and if we included the final contested hearing in setting our flat-fee rates, they would skyrocket. They would be unaffordable to most people that need family law legal services. So we made the contested Permanent Orders Hearing a separate schedule of fees. Talk to a Robinson & Henry attorney, or visit our Permanent Order Hearing Calculator for more information.