Resolving Child Custody matters can range from fairly simple and friendly Parenting Agreements to lengthy and costly Contested Custody battles. There is no question that the money spent on legal fees would have been better spent on caring for your children so it is usually best and we encourage everyone to resolve the situation as fairly and affordably as possible. However, if the other parent is not willing to be reasonable and is giving you no other option but to fight – we are prepared for that as well.
To help you resolve your Child Custody issues in the best way possible,
we offer three levels of service – often on a flat rate legal fee basis so you know exactly how much things will cost start to finish – up front.
1) Parenting Agreement: This is for parents who don’t necessarily need or want a formal court order and have come to a fair arrangement themselves or with our help / guidance and want their agreements regarding custody, child support, visitation, etc. is put into a formal written and enforceable contractual agreement. For most situations, this can be done for a flat rate fee starting at $250.
2) Consent Custody Order: This is for parents who need a formal court order. A traditional custody case is filed with the Court and a court order is signed by a Judge but the case is resolved by agreement instead of a costly drawn out court battle. The advantage here is that there is an actual Court Order of Custody versus a mere contract as with the Parenting Agreement and without the expense of a contested custody case. For most situations, this can be done for a flat rate fee starting at $1500 plus court cost (court costs vary but are usually less than $500).
3) Contested Custody: This is where attempts to come to a fair and reasonable compromise have failed and it is necessary for the parents to fight things out in Court most often with a Judge making the final decision. This type of resolution is often, complex, lengthy and expensive. For most situations, this can be done for a flat rate fee starting at $5000 plus cost but some cases will require a retainer be paid and the legal work billed / court costs against the retainer (court costs vary but are usually less than $500).
To get started, call our office at (910) 333-9679 and select option 2 to schedule a consultation.
At the consultation, we will access your situation, answer your questions, lay out your options and advise how to best resolve your child custody case and provide you with a firm quote. There is a $200 consultation fee for custody matters. However, the consultation fee will be applied to your quoted fee if you decide to retain us to represent you.