Predicting the total amount of attorney fees and litigation expenses you will incur at the beginning of your case is extremely difficult to do as there are so many aspects of a case that are outside of our firm’s control.

For example, in a divorce or legitimation action where custody is highly contested (each parent wants primary physical custody), one spouse may ask the judge to appoint a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) to represent your children’s interests. Oftentimes, judge will appoint a GAL on their own. In addition to their own attorney’s fees, the parties must also pay the GAL’s attorneys fees and litigation expenses which can range from $3,500 up to $10,000+.

Each case is different so we will work together to develop a customized legal strategy for you that takes cost into consideration to achieve your desired results. Below are estimated initial retainers:


Uncontested without children


$2,500 – $5,000


Uncontested with children


$3,500 – $7,500


Contested without children


$5,000- $10,000


Contested with children


$5,000 – $15,000




$5,000 to $7,500


Establishment Of Paternity & Child Support


$5,000 to $7,500


Modification – Alimony


$5,000 to $10,500


Modification – Child Support


$5,000 to $7,500


Modification – Custody


$5,000 To $10,000




$3,500 To $5,000


Temporary Protective Order (Tpo)


$3,500 To $10,000


Prenup/Postnup Agreements


$4,000 To $15,000


Grandparent’s Rights (Visitation)


$5,000 To $7,500


Grandparent’s Rights (Custody) $5,000 to $10,000