The family law attorneys at Brinkley Walser handle cases involving legal separation, divorce, child custody, visitation, child support, equitable distribution, alimony, and other family law issues. Here are some of the most common questions we are asked:
Q: How much does it cost for a Separation Agreement?
A: A simple Separation Agreement not involving children is normally around $500; a Separation Agreement involving children; outlining visitation, child support, etc. is normally around $650.
Q: How much does it cost for a divorce?
A: A simple divorce is approximately $500.00 plus the cost of filing – currently $225.00, sheriff service - $30.00, motion for absolute divorce fee - $20.00. A divorce where equitable distribution, alimony, or child support are reserved to a later date is around $700 plus the filing costs of $225.00, sheriff service – $30.00, motion for absolute divorce fee - $20.00.
Q: How much does it cost for a child custody case?
A: A child custody case is very involved. The retainer to begin work on a child custody matter is $5,000.00. A detailed breakdown estimating costs is given to each client before we begin working on any custody case.
Q: Do we handle 50-B charges?
A: Our family law attorneys do handle many cases involving pending 50-B charges. In cases involving child custody or support matters, we will meet with the client to determine the best course of action. If this involves scheduling a hearing and going to court, the charge is normally around $650.
Q: How long does it take for a divorce?
A: This depends on the period of separation and whether children are involved. In North Carolina, the parties must have been separated for one year before an absolute divorce can be granted. In cases where the parties have lived apart for one year but do not have a legal separation agreement, we would file a Complaint and have it served on the other party. That party would then have 30 days to file an answer to the complaint. Once an answer is filed and if the divorce is not contested, the time frame is usually 4-5 weeks to obtain the final divorce decree.
Q: Can I file the paperwork for my divorce myself?
A: Yes, but you should consult with an attorney. If you attempt to file the paperwork and do not include something of significance such as equitable distribution or child custody/visitation issues, then when the final decree is signed by the Judge there could be problems in the future asserting your rights in those areas.
Q: Does Brinkley Walser charge a consultation fee?
A: It depends on the length of time our family law attorneys spend with a potential client and the advice provided.
Need to learn more? Contact a family law attorney at Brinkley Walser today to schedule an appointment.