What is the average retainer for a divorce lawyer?
$2,000 to $5,000
What is the difference between a family lawyer and a divorce lawyer?
Divorce is actually a subset of family law. A divorce lawyer is a family law lawyer who does divorce. Family Law encompasses divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, paternity (establishing the legal father/child relationship), adoption, guardianship, orders of protection and other things.
What questions should I ask my divorce lawyer?
Ten Questions to Ask a Divorce AttorneyDo you specialize in divorces, or are divorces just a part of your practice? What is your strategy for my case? How long do you take to return phone calls? Will anyone else in your office be working on my case? How will you charge me?
Can a wife take everything in a divorce?
The court will generally divide the marital property in half, and each spouse will get one half of the total property. The court can give one spouse more property than the other spouse if the court has a good reason to do so. What is marital property? In general, all property owned by either spouse is marital property.
Should I pay off credit cards before divorce?
If you have any joint debt with your spouse and you can afford to, we highly recommend paying off all marital debt, even before you draw up the divorce papers. For example, if you have $5,000 in joint credit card debt, pay it off before the divorce is finalized.
How is credit card debt divided in a divorce?
The basicsMost importantly, try to leave your marriage with no joint debt.Pay off the joint cards together or divide up the debt on joint cards and transfer it to cards in each partner’s name.Cancel all undiscussed joint credit cards.Clearly agree to who will pay off the debt on which cards.