Why Divorce Lawyers Work Hourly

by Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

In Palm Beach County, there are some divorce lawyers who charge upwards of $600 per hour for their expertise; and there are others who are less experienced who charge $200 per hour.  There are also those in between.  What we all have in common is a Juris Doctor education, a Bar exam and license, and divorce clients who pay us based upon an hourly rate. 

This is because when a divorce lawyer takes a case, it is difficult to determine, let alone be certain, of the outcome.  While every case is different, there are, of course, common themes and common issues, like child support, alimony, division of assets and debts and attorneys fees.  But the main reason divorce lawyers work hourly, is because we have no control over the other side of the case.  We cannot control your spouse’ attorney, nor can we control your spouse.  We do not know if there is going to be an amicable settlement or if we have to litigate an issue, or all issues.  We do not know how much or how long we will have to work a divorce case.

We cannot insist upon a settlement, or predict settlement terms.  We cannot guarantee a good result, because we lawyers cannot get into the judge’s head.  We just don’t know what is going to happen.  What we do get to do is advocate for our client’s position.  We strategize in order to present our client in the best possible light.  We deal with either cooperative spouses and their lawyers, or uncooperative spouses and uncooperative lawyers.  Or even one of each.  All this takes time and skill, following the rules of procedure, and reading up on any applicable laws that may or even may not apply. 

At my Firm, for example, every new client is assigned to a paralegal and attorney team.  It is the paralegals who do the ministerial or administrative tasks on a case, to keep our clients’ bills within reason.  Paralegals, too, work hourly, but at a much lower rate than the attorneys rates.   For more information about this or other divorce topics, call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561 835 9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at http://www.familylawwpb.com for more information.   



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