Most attorneys in family law cases charge by the hour for their time. The hourly rate the attorney charges typically depends upon their experience. The attorney who charges the lowest rate may not be as proficient or knowledgeable, and therefore not the least expensive to you.
Most attorneys will charge an advanced fee deposit to be paid up front. This deposit should go into the attorney's trust account, meaning it is your funds, not the attorney's. The attorney should send out a monthly bill, summarizing the costs incurred and attorney fees used on your case. Those costs will then be deducted from the trust account. In many cases, you will be requested to replenish the trust account to maintain a minimum balance for future work.
The amount the attorney requests to be placed in the trust account will usually depend upon his/her evaluation of the case. The simpler the case frequently the less required. The more difficult the case frequently the more required. More complicated cases typically require more work, necessitating the larger balance. Frequently we break it down depending upon whether 1) all issues are agreed upon, 2) some issues are not agreed upon, or 3) whether an order to show cause is necessary for the entry of immediate temporary orders. Other issues that can affect it are whether there are children (requiring a Parenting Plan and Order of Child Support), or complicated property issues (separate property, retirement benefits, etc.).
The Renton law firm of Mogren, Glessner & Roti, represents clients in a variety of family law cases, both contested and uncontested. We have 4 attorneys for you to chose from. Please visit our web page at Washington Family Law Help for more information.