Family Law & Divorce Attorney Fees

Initial Consultations

Our family law and divorce attorney fees include a $300 charge an initial consultation with one of our divorce lawyers. The consultation lasts between 45-90 minutes. Due to COVID-19, we are doing virtual consultations/meetings over Zoom. In contrast to other attorneys, we have been using Zoom for over a year. Zoom allows our attorneys to share screens to discuss financial worksheets or other documents such as tax returns. If you prefer FaceTime, Skype or a simple telephone consultation, we are flexible. To read more about our initial consultations, click here.

We charge for an initial consultation because you will be receiving legal advice. Additionally, once you have consulted with one of us, even if you don’t retain us, we may be precluded from representing the other party.

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Fixed Divorce Fees

At the end of your consultation, one of our divorce attorneys will provide you with a fixed fee for retaining us to represent you in your divorce. This is based on the specific circumstances of your case as discussed with your attorney. For a divorce, the fixed fee covers our work to obtain a settlement without engaging in litigation (written discovery, depositions, motions, hearings/trial). This arrangement is suitable in about ninety percent of all cases. Very few cases end up in court. The fee includes the drafting of a separation agreement, parenting plan (if kids are involved), and other supporting documents. The fee also includes all consultations between you and us, including phone calls, meetings, email, and any other contact. The fee further includes all negotiation between your spouse and our firm. The estimated fee additionally includes all of the fees often itemized by other firms including postage, fax and photocopy charges. The only additional fees you might incur relate to outside services you elect to purchase such as a real estate appraisal, business valuation and all required QDROs (to divide retirement plans).

Factors for Our Divorce Attorney Fees

The following are significant factors that determine the cost of your divorce fees:Saving Money on Divorce Attorney

  1. Do you have minor children? If so, does one parent have plans to move away?
  2. Do you have retirement accounts? If so, how many?
  3. Are you or your spouse financially dependent on the other spouse?
  4. Has there been physical or emotional abuse during the marriage?
  5. Do you or your spouse own a business or professional practice?
  6. Are you or your spouse the beneficiary of family trusts?
  7. Does your net marital estate exceed $1,500,000?

How Much Does it Cost for a Divorce Settlement?

With the above in mind, the total fees to settle your divorce will range from $7,000 to $11,000 if there are no complicating factors. For a divorce involving children and no complicating financial issues, our fees range from $9,250 to $14,750. If there are no children involved, but you or your spouse own a business and the marital estate is more than $1.5M, the fixed fee will be anywhere between $13,500 and $34,000. For divorces involving high-conflict custody and complex financial issues, our fees will range from $17,250 to $45,000.

The fee schedule above are general guidelines and may vary from your divorce depending on your unique situation. In contrast to other divorce attorneys in Colorado, Kalamaya | Goscha will be provide an exact fee at the end of your consultation that will be fixed through the course of our representation to settle your case. During these historically crazy and volatile times, you will not have to worry about the uncertainty that comes with hourly fees.

Fixed Divorce Fees for Going to Court

Some divorces and family law cases require litigation and going to trial. If your spouse and you cannot reach a divorce settlement, we offer fixed fees for going to court. For example, we will agree on a set amount for a half- or full-day hearing. The fixed fee will cover all work preparing for the hearing, including meetings, phone calls and emails with your attorney, witness interviews, legal research, organizing and endorsing exhibits, and the time in court at trial. Our clients appreciate knowing how much filing a motion, taking a deposition, engaging in mediation or going to trial will cost ahead of time. To find out the cost of our divorce attorneys to go to court, please call to schedule a consultation.

Hourly Rate

We do represent clients in family law cases and bill according to how much time we spend on the case. Below are our current rates:

Ryan Kalamaya – $450 per hour

Amy Goscha – $375 per hour

Georgina Melbye – $325 per hour

Michael Wilmore– $225 per hour

Elizabeth Hardman $200 per hour

Anna Lange – $150 per hour

Shannon Holleran $100 per hour

Retainers for Hourly Agreements

We generally offer two levels of representation when billing clients on a time basis. If the scope of our representation is limited to consulting with you on your case, the retainer amount is $2,500. For full-service representation we require $5,000. If the case is set for a hearing, we normally require a retainer of at least $7,500 for cases handled by Amy and Georgina. For cases where Ryan is the lead attorney, a retainer of $10,000 is required a month ahead of the hearing. If your matter is extraordinary complex or contentious, we may request a higher amount.

The retainer is an advance towards fees and costs for your case. It is not a minimum amount. It is not a maximum amount. Your retainer will be held in our trust (COLTAF) account until the last billing cycle. You will need to remain current with all ongoing billing statements. At the end of the case, we will apply the retainer against the final bill and refund any unused monies.

Billing Practices

Billing cycles are monthly and sent via email unless you specifically request otherwise. Through our client portal you will be able to access all bills for your matter. We accept credit cards for outstanding bills. In addition to our time spent working on your behalf, you are responsible for the cost of filing motions or other legal documents with the court, witness fees, deposition transcripts, experts, outsourced copy costs for hearing exhibit binders and non-routine postage. We will not charge for long-distance phone calls, normal copies, faxes or meals – those are simply the cost of doing business. We do not nickel and dime our clients.