A Divorce Lawyer is not Cleric or a Therapist

Divorce lawyers charge by the hour, and most bill clients for fractions of hour in a telephone conversation. Most lawyers generally charge $200- $300 per hour, and partners in well-known family law firms in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco typically charge $450 per hour and up.

Wracked by emotional and mental pain and suffering, some clients turn to lawyers for comfort during a divorce. The lawyer listens -- but charges for it.

Attorneys provide advice on the divorce, but they are not clerics, financial planners or therapists. The emotional suffering of a divorce is not to be minimized, and career counseling or financial analysis is often in order. Lawyers, however, are not the professionals to dispense it. A licensed therapist, vocational expert, or a financial planner is less expensive than the lawyer.



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This book is a practical guide to evaluating assets during divorce. It explains how to determine the real value of marital property including houses, businesses, retirement plans and investments and how to negotiate a settlement that is fair to both sides.

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