Costs and Fees
For many people, being involved in a family law matter is not by choice. We understand that our clients have not planned for family law legal costs to become part of their life. The prospect of entering family law proceedings without knowing exactly what it will cost you can be stressful.
Our Fees for Family Law Services
Every family law matter is unique. Two similar-looking matters can involve very different legal costs due to a range of factors, including:
Although we cannot provide a guaranteed quote for most matters, we are often able to provide a fee estimate as part of our client engagement process. The estimate will be based on the specific circumstances of your matter and can usually be provided only after an initial consultation has taken place.
Any estimate that we provide to you remains an estimate only, unless we determine that your matter is eligible for a fixed fee. Fixed fee services are available for:
- Divorce, where specific criteria have been met. See here for more information.
- Consent orders for property, where an appropriate agreement has already been reached by the parties. We can discuss this option with you during your initial consultation.
Otherwise, legal services will be provided to you under a general retainer.
Our initial consultations are provided at a fixed fee for up to 90 minutes of initial legal advice about your matter. You can call our office on (07) 5499 2900 to enquire about our initial consultation rates.
General appointments, whether to follow up on an initial consultation or throughout the progress of your matter with us, are charged at standard hourly rates for the solicitor who is handling your matter.
General professional services throughout your matter, such as drafting letters, reading correspondence from other solicitors, and preparation of Court documents, are charged using a combination of fixed fee and time-based billing depending on the task. A detailed explanation of our fees will be provided to you in a retainer and cost agreement after your initial consultation, if you choose to engage us to represent you in your family law matter.
Third Party Costs and Fees
For many family law matters there are additional costs such as Court filing fees, mediators, barristers, and process servers. If your matter involves any of those, or other third-party costs to be passed on to you, we will advise you what they are ahead of time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Ready to Get Started?
If you’re ready to proceed call us on (07) 5499 2900 during our office hours of 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday, and one of our friendly staff will help you make an appointment. Or, you can send us a confidential enquiry by email using our contact form.
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