How Much Does A Divorce Cost?
No idea we have. Yes, hmmm… (In our best attempt at a Yoda voice.)
In all seriousness, no attorney can predict the cost of a contested family law case. If they choose to, they are misrepresenting the process, and in the end, you will get stuck with a fat bill. While we make every effort to keep costs under control, the total cost could hinge on the client providing information promptly or doing some leg work such as organizing financial statements and active participation. That said, in our effort to help our clients unlock the path to happiness, we provide the previous year’s average case cost. While last year’s cost is not a prediction or estimation for future cost, we are currently the ONLY family law firm in Houston to provide insight into the cost of family law litigation.
A word of caution, DO NOT use the following values as a bible for what your family law or divorce case will cost. In our experience, the cost of family law litigation can and will fluctuate significantly.
- Our 2018 Cost Details
- Why is the cost of divorce so expensive?
- Why don’t all firms post cost information online?
Our 2021 Cost Details*:
- Average Cost: $10,863.45
- Least Expensive Case Included: $2,000
- Average Cost Per Attorney:
- Junior Associate: $3,264.45
- Paul Calzada: $9,338.34
- Mary Ramos: $17,558.76
- Average Cost by Litigation Type:
- Uncontested: $3,310.36
- Contested: $12,883.46
To avoid skewing the numbers in our favor, we removed any case that generated less than $2,000.
Our goal is to avoid surprises and to give our potential clients all the information they need to make the best selection when hiring. After all, the purpose of any law firm or service provider should be to make life easier for you so why not start with the selection and hiring process. You must avoid those attorneys who will not publish or disclose their cost range. This lack of transparency is a critical indicator that they are just trying to make a quick sale or they don’t know their numbers. In either instance, this is not a good thing. Will other attorneys post their case cost numbers? Probably not!
Why is the cost of divorce so expensive?
We are in the business of helping our clients find peace and happiness and what we’ve found is that a divorce is as expensive as the parties allow it to get. There are some cases where the estate is sizable and as long as both parties stay cordial the cost of the divorce is minimal. On the other hand, there are some cases with limited assets where we feel we can finalize under a few thousand that grows to tens of thousand. Essentially, both parities are in full control of cost, if every issue has to be litigated in court then HECK YES the cost WILL INCREASE. If as a client, you choose not to participate or provide the required information the cost will increase as we will be required to follow up with you and do everything possible to prepare the case for the best possible outcome.
As you narrow your selection on who to hire, decide what you really want out of the divorce. Our goal is not to take a sizable chunk in attorneys fees, but instead to achieve the best possible results while helping you find peace and happiness.
Why don’t all firms post cost information online?
Most firms want to get you in the door to increase the likelihood of closing the deal. They won’t provide retainer information or any idea of what an average case costs. WE ARE DIFFERENT, we don’t hide the ball, we want you to be an informed consumer who has all the information required to make the right call.
When you hire us you become a cherished family member. – Mary
For more information on how we bill and attorney rates visit our Transparency in Billing Practices page.
Our Client Testimonials
The decision to end my 25-year marriage was not an easy one, but hiring the Ramos Law Group was. From the initial consultation to the execution of the Divorce Decree everyone at the firm displayed the utmost professionalism and I was treated as if I was their only client. My attorney Lindsey, always provided precise legal guidance, was usually one step ahead of the opposing counsel, and had a superb understanding of how things would play out in the court room. Additionally, whenever my case needed a little extra horsepower, Mary provided that "surge" to keep things on track.
"Ms. Ramos and her entire staff worked with professionalism and compassion to guide me through the most difficult time of my life and to an outcome that was best for my family and myself. Ramos Law is incredible and I highly, highly recommend their services."
"I was recommended to see Mary Ramos for my on coming custody case,it was the best thing I could've done honestly.The Ramos law group was quick with emailed responses and telephone calls,informative with ANY questions I had and they also took action with what they thought would work,which it did,I had money troubles and they were still willing to help they sent me with a younger lawyer Lindsey Lewis to help save some money and she was the best!She knew what she was doing and Mary was still on my case to make sure things went smoothly and to catch any details Lindsey and I might have missed.All in all I am a very satisfied client and if I ever needed a family lawyer again I would come back.My case was won as I received primary for my daughter which is exactly what I asked for.If you're willing to listen to what they have to say and follow their guidance they're definitely worth hiring.I thought I wanted sole custody for my daughter and they explained that wasn't in the best interest for her and honestly they were right,they speak to you on a professional level and also a real level of how things are actually going to work and what could happen if you take a certain action.They definitely care about their clients and make their own bond with you,you're not just money in their pockets you turn into family. "
"I received excellent advice and representation from Ms. Lindsey Lewis. She kept me updated at every step of the process, and I never felt as if my case was set aside. I would hire The Ramos Law Group in the future. "
"I started my divorce with a lawyer who was not very responsive. My divorce case was complicated and needed more laborious scrutiny. Since the case was not moving forward I had to switch lawyers. Made the switch to Ramos Law group. Since the very first day Mary and her team have been very efficient and meticulous. Since the case was complicated the team had to go through myriads of pages in discovery. I was pleased with the legal team that helped us handle the paperwork in a very timely manner. All my questions were answered very promptly. The relay of information was easy with their software system. We finally had a law firm that we could trust. My divorce was finalized and I only have Mary and her team to thank for going through a difficult divorce. I would highly recommend the Ramos law group for their help and support for getting my life back on track. "