2017 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.

CONSULTATION FEE

$500 per hour.

MEDIATION

30-Minute Mediation Orientation with BOTH Parties Present:  FREE
First-Time Administrative Fee, billed with first session: $300
$500/hour, billed in minimum 3-hour sessions: $1,500

*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 (CONSULTING ATTORNEY)

Starts at $5,000.

PREMARITAL AGREEMENTS

Starts at $3,500.

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 ($3,235 including all court costs), and $3,950 ($4,685 including all court costs) to process a divorce with children.  This does not include the filing costs, or a processing fee. The costs are broken down in detail below.

Divorce WITHOUT children documents (flat fee) includes:
Petition and Response (no minor children), includes court filing fee of $435, 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)
Request for Default
Declaration re: Default of Uncontested Divorce
Judgment Cover Sheet plus Stipulated Judgment
Notice of Entry of Judgment
Declaration re: Service of Declaration of Disclosures
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, 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)
Request for Default
Declaration re: Default of Uncontested Divorce
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.

Recommended Signing Session:
For Mediations and Document prep, we recommend a signing session where both of you will review the documents, and the mediator will answer any questions.
We recommend at least 1 hour for this. ($500).

Sample Costs:
For Divorce without children: 1 mediation session $1,800 plus document prep $3,235 & signing session $500 = $5,535.

For Divorce with children: 1 mediation session $1,800 plus document prep $4,685 & signing session $500 = $6,985.

For Divorce with children: 2 mediation sessions $3,300 plus document prep $4,685 & signing session $500 = $8,485.