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It depends on who you are. Are you two in agreement as to the all the issues of your separation? Are you a dependable DIY person?
If so, definitely. There is a wealth of information on the internet (and on our site!), and if you are in agreement, it is entirely possible to reach a settlement agreement, draft it up and submit to the court. We can also prepare these documents for you for a flat fee, listed here.
If you two disagree on many things, but at least are in agreement that mediation is the best, I recommend that you call our office and schedule the free mediation orientation. I promise you that discussing your problems with a mediator in the privacy of my office will be far more cost-effective (and productive) than immediately lawyering up!
If you have a contested divorce (especially issues regarding custody or property division), I would recommend that you seek a Certified Family Law Specialist attorney to advise you on your options regarding the divorce. There are several options, and you can read about it here.
Kelly Chang Rickert is a CFLS. Being a Specialist means more than just “specializing” in an area of law. California Certified Family Law Specialists have passed a written exam in Family Law, demonstrated a high level of experience in their field, fulfilled practice requirements and ongoing Continuing Legal Education Requirements, and are evaluated by other Judges and Attorneys in Family Law. Currently, there are only approximately 305 Certified Family Law Specialists in Los Angeles County. Attached is a list of all the CFLS’s in Los Angeles County.
For UNCONTESTED matters and mediations, our fees are listed here. For contested cases, it depends on how many issues there are, and how long it takes to resolve the issues, and how many court appearances. There is good article here which may help you estimate costs.
For all cases, we require an upfront retainer, and we deduct our hourly fees (billed in quarter of hour increments) from it. Our fees vary from $350 – $500 per hour, depending which attorney are used in your case.