What are the costs?

How much does an Uncontested Divorce cost?


The Firm offers four services that you can pick and choose from at your convenience: In the unlikely event that your Uncontested Divorce requires more than the time we have allotted, you will be subject to the hourly rate set out in the Schedule of Costs in the Legal Services Agreement. DOCUMENTS ONLY Cost: $500 for up to one (1) hour of legal services. For clients who just want the legal documents, we will collect all the information needed to complete your legal documents (Petition for Divorce, Waiver of Service and Divorce Decree). You will be responsible for the filing of the documents and payment of court costs, if any. WALK UP ONLY** Cost: $500 for up to one (1) hour of legal services. For clients that have filed and prepared their own legal documents and are looking to expedite the final prove-up hearing. After the sixty (60) day mandatory cooling-off period has expired, we will schedule and arrange the walk up for the final prove-up hearing. DOCUMENTS + WALK UP** Cost: $1000 for up to two (2) hours of legal services. For clients who have already filed but need legal documents and a walk up, we will prepare your legal documents (Waiver of Service and Divorce Decree) and arrange the final prove-up hearing. DOCUMENTS + FILING + WALK UP** Cost: $1000 for up to two (2) hours of legal services. Court Costs will be charged separately. For client who want the full service, we will prepare your legal documents (Petition for Divorce, Waiver of Service and Divorce Decree), handle the filing process on your behalf and arrange the final prove-up hearing. Court Costs will vary depending on the County you are filing in and whether or not there are children of the marriage. (For example: Bexar County Court Costs are approx. $320 for no children up to $370 with children – these costs are for the filing of the Petition for Divorce and the Waiver of Service and are inclusive of admin and e-filing fees). ** Carrington Smyth PLLC has a principal law office in San Antonio and an office in Austin, by appointment only. If you live outside of these locations, there will be an additional charge of $500 to send a lawyer to the court for the final prove-up hearing.




How much are filing fees?


Filing fees can range from approximately $250 to $375 depending on the county you are filing in and whether or not you have children (born or adopted of the marriage). Please note these fees are subject to change at any time. In the State of Texas you can ask the court to waive their filing fees if you are unable to afford them or if you are on certain government benefits. To apply for a free filing fee, you will need to complete the affidavit of inability to pay court costs (“Affidavit”), which can be found here. The Affidavit will need to be filed along with your petition for divorce and the county's standing orders, if any. (please contact us for more details). It is important to know that the judge or clerk can approve or deny your Affidavit at his or her discretion. If your Affidavit is approved by the judge or clerk, we will begin the Limited Legal Services once you have paid your Fee in full and provided us with proof of the approved Affidavit of Indigency and your case number. If your Affidavit is denied by the judge or clerk, you can elect to proceed with any of our services, but you will have to pay for the Court Costs.




How else can I save money?


If you are on a limited budget and you are not concerned how long the divorce will take, we have our DOCUMENTS ONLY product ($500) for one (1) hour of legal services. We will collect all the information required to complete your legal documents (Petition for Divorce, Waiver of Service and Divorce Decree). Once you have your legal documents you can file your documents and arrange your final prove-up hearing directly with the court. Each county has a wait time for the final prove-up hearing - in the more populated counties it can range from six to twelve months. By contrast if you engage the law firm to arrange the final prove-up hearing we can typically arrange the final prove-up hearing shortly after the sixty (60) day mandatory cool-off period.





Lauren Carrington Smyth

Managing Partner

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Carrington Smyth PLLC is licensed to practice law in Texas (2005), Washington, D.C. (2006) and England & Wales (2011).

 

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