California Divorce Attorney Fee Calculator

Circumstances of Your Divorce
Legal Implications Affecting Total Cost
Minor children of the relationship?

This includes biological and/or adopted children.


Additional issues regarding child custody, visitation, and support may need to be resolved.

Do you have a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement?

This may save you time and money.


The agreement must be in writing. Verbal agreements are often dismissed in court.

Do you or your spouse own your own business or work as an independent contractor?

Ex: Sole proprietorship, LLC and S-Corp Owner, or 1099 worker.


Extensive discovery may need to occur to review all streams of income.

Do you or your spouse own real property together?

Real estate specialist may need to appraise the value of your property.


Both parties may be subject to capital gains and tax deductions.

Do you need spousal support or alimony?

What is the salary difference between the spouses?


Spousal support is based on a formula. The court may take other factors into consideration when granting a spousal support order. Alimony may be awarded for up to six years or more for long term marriages that end in divorce or legal separation. Alimony is based on many factors that is subject to a balancing test.

Are your assets greater than $1 million?

Both parties may need to consult with an attorney to best protect their financial interest.


Both parties could spend an extensive amount of time dividing assets.

Do you have secured and unsecured debts?


The court may divide debt in half between the parties unless the moving party can show the debt is a separate property.

Do you have retirement benefits (pension, 401 (k), 403 (b))?


You may need a QDRO to divide retirement accounts.

Fees range: $8000 - $10000


This tool provides an estimate amount only as to how much money you may or may not be required to pay an attorney in a contested divorce. Contact an attorney to discuss your contested divorce case in confidence.

Flat Fee Uncontested Divorce Service

Contact San Diego Esquire for more information about our flat fee uncontested divorce service. Our California licensed attorney will serve as your third party mediator to help you complete the divorce process in an affordable manner. Review our California Uncontested Divorce Services for more information.