In a divorce or custody matter, the total cost of any matter is impossible to predict. Every situation is different and even trying to give an estimate of the total cost is something most good lawyers will not do. What it comes down is that attorneys have no idea what the parties may end up fighting over, and conflict, more than anything else, determines the cost.
If you are faced with criminal charges, it may be possible to predict the anticipated fee or even to retain a lawyer for a flat fee set at the beginning. You should discuss this with your attorney when you meet with him/her to determine how your legal fees will be calculated.
Almost all attorneys can provide you with a retainer amount – the amount they will require you to post before they commence work — and will require you to post the retainer amount and sign a fee agreement before they will agree to represent you.
An outstanding job on my case to have custody, visitation and support decided in my home state instead of Virginia after I separated from military service.- A.E.