2018 Family Law Fees

Our rates are structured to give our clients high quality legal service at the lowest possible costs. We believe private representation, especially in family law, should be accessible and affordable. In general, we will require an upfront retainer and bill you hourly. In some cases, we are able to offer flat-fee pricing.  If all else fails, we will provide you with competent referrals so you are not without representation.

REPRESENTATION

If you hire us to be your attorney, our hourly rates range from$350 -$500 per hour.  Limited scope representation retainers starts at $5,000.  Full-scope representation retainers start at $10,000.  If you need an attorney to represent you in your divorce proceeding, you would select this service.  The first step is to call our office and schedule your initial consultation.

MEDIATION

If you and your spouse agree to mediate, you can hire us to be your mediator.  As a mediator, we would function as a neutral third party and help you facilitate an agreement.  We would not be you or your ex’s attorney, and would not be representing you.  In order to use this service, both of you must be present and agree to use Kelly as your mediator.

30-Minute Mediation Orientation with BOTH Parties Present:  FREE

3 Hour Mediation Sessions: $2,000 per session, broken down as follows: Kelly charges $500/hour,with a 3-hour minimum + $500 administrative fee billed with each session.  The admin fee is a flat fee paid for work done between sessions, such as drafting agendas and summaries, updating Disclosures, emails and phone calls.  50% deposit ($1,000) is required to book a session, the remainder ($1,000) is due on the day of the mediation, right before the session.

*If you reach an agreement in mediation, we can also prepare your divorce paperwork.  Document preparation fees are listed below.

** If you already have an agreement, you probably do not need mediation time.  You will just need paperwork.  Document preparation fees are listed below.

LIMITED SCOPE REPRESENTATION (UNBUNDLED LEGAL SERVICES)

Are you in mediation, and need a consulting attorney to review your divorce settlement?
Need behind-the-scenes legal advice, but not representation for whole divorce?
Need help drafting papers?
Need help with one court appearance, but not the entire divorce?
For those who are cost-conscious and cannot afford traditional legal representation, you may wish to consider using a lawyer on an”as-needed” basis.
Starts at $5,000 and up.

PREMARITAL AGREEMENTS

Starts at$3,500 and up.

CONTESTED DISSOLUTION

For contested divorces, the minimum retainer is $10,000 – $25,000 (depending on the issues in your case), and normal hourly fees ($350 – $500) apply. Costs are the same.

UNCONTESTED OR DEFAULT DISSOLUTION (PAPERWORK ONLY)
Document Preparation Fees

Law and Mediation Offices of Kelly Chang charges flat fees for preparing documents in uncontested matters and mediations.  Generally, it costs $2,500 to process a divorce without children ($3,670 including all court costs), and $3,500 ($4,670 including all court costs) to process a divorce with children.  The document prep comes with a complimentary 1 hour signing session, where you can ask all your questions about the documents that are prepared for you.  In addition, if the Judgment is rejected for any reason, we submit for you with no additional cost.  We will hold your hand throughout the entire process until your Divorce Judgment is entered.

The costs are broken down in detail below.

Divorce WITHOUT children documents (flat fee) includes:
Petition and Response (no minor children), includes court filing fees of $435 per person, see 2017 Superior Court of California Statewide Fee Schedule: http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/filingfees.pdf
Family Law Case Cover Sheet
Summons
Notice and Acknowledgment of Receipt
Proof of Service
Actual service of papers and copies (Filing the Petition STARTS the case.  However, your case is not complete until a Judgment packet is filed. (see below).

Judgment Package:
Declaration of Disclosures (one per party)
Declaration re: Default of Uncontested Divorce
Judgment Cover Sheet plus Stipulated Judgment
Notice of Entry of Judgment
Declaration re: Service of Declaration of Disclosures (one per party)
Appearances, Stipulations and Waivers
Stipulation for Waiver of Final Declarations of Disclosures
*There is a flat rate processing charge of $300 for document prep, which includes messenger delivery, postage, copies, etc.

Divorce WITH children documents (flat fee) includes:
Petition and Response (with minor children), includes court filing fee of $435 per person, see 2017 Superior Court of California Statewide Fee Schedule: http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/filingfees.pdf
Family Law Case Cover Sheet
Summons
UCCJEA Statement
Notice and Acknowledgment of Receipt
Proof of Service
Actual service of papers and copies (Filing the Petition STARTS the case.  However, your case is not complete until a Judgment packet is filed. (see below).
Judgment Package:
Declaration of Disclosures (one per party)
Declaration re: Default of Uncontested Divorce
Appearances, Stipulations and Waivers
Judgment Cover Sheet plus Stipulated Judgment with Parenting Plan
Notice of Entry of Judgment
Declaration re: Service of Declaration of Disclosures
Child Support Case Registry Form
Stipulation for Waiver of Final Declarations of Disclosures
*There is a flat rate processing charge of $300 for document prep, which includes messenger delivery, postage, copies, etc.

Signing Session:
For Mediations and Document prep, our fees include a signing session where we will review all documents together, and the mediator will answer any questions.  The signing session lasts between 1- 2 hours.

Sample Costs:
For Divorce w/o children: 1 mediation session $2,000 plus document prep $3,670 (includes signing session) = $5,670.

For Divorce w/ children: 1 mediation session $2,000 plus document prep $4,670 (includes signing session) = $6,670.

For Divorce w/children: 2 mediation sessions $4,000 plus document prep $4,670 (includes signing session) = $8,470.