Law Office of Lita Pettus-Dotson
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FULL REPRESENTATION IN DISSOLUTION
Legal Fees and Court Costs
LIMITED SCOPE REPRESENTATION
Limited Scope Divorce Document Preparation
$3,500 - $5,000

The range of fees for dissolution depends on the client and their specific needs pertaining to children, custody, support, community and separate property. A dissolution of short-term duration and no children or with most issues already resolved between the parties can usually be resolved without putting the parties under too much financial stress. However, in contested actions over children, support and/or property the parties can expect to expend large amounts of time either on their own preparing documents and going to court for hearing. The amount of time spent trying to do the work as a self-represented party on your own may be detrimental to continued employment and cause additional stress. It has been Ms. Dotson's experience that attorneys are frequently hired to "clean-up" mistakes that can happen when finalizing a divorce or completing a custody  agreement. If the party can afford a consultation with experienced counsel many headaches post hearing or judgment could be avoided.  In general the low end for an uncontested dissolution is $3-5k. A contested dissolution can range from $10k and up. The costs depend on the parties willingness to resolve the matter.  
LEGAL FEES

The cost of litigation in the family court is expensive between court fees and legal representation. To provide assistance to my clients, the initial strategy session is critical to map out goals and the legal cost of getting there. The initial 60 minute strategy session is $325.

Ms. Dotson offers document preparation for clients who want to represent themselves in court. This is less expensive than hiring an attorney to represent you in court, so if you're willing to assume the responsibility of representing yourself in court, you can be assured that your paperwork is completed based on current court rules and accepted standards of practice.
These estimates are dependent on the complexity of the child custody and/or property issues.

Limited Scope Child  Custody and Support Document Preparation
$2,000 - $3,000

OTHER COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH FAMILY LAW CASES ARE FILING FEES FOR EACH PLEADING FILED WITH THE COURT. SUCH COSTS ARE NOT INCLUDED WTIH THE ESTIMATES PROVIDED ABOVE. 
Initial Filing Fees Dissolution/Separation/Nullity: $435

Filing of Motions: Generally $90.00; for emergency hearings, an additional $20 to $30

Courier or Fax Filing of Documents/Service of Process: $30 to $150

Court Reporters: Court reporters are no longer provided in some Bay Area courts. The client must pay for a court reporter out of pocket if there is a highly contested issue and a record needs to be made in the event of trial or appeal. Court reporters fees can run up to $300+ per assignment.

Court fees and other costs are subject to change.

DISCLAIMER: ALL OF THE FEES QUOTED ABOVE ARE ESTIMATES ONLYAND MAY NOT BE INDICATIVE OF THE COST OF HANDLING YOUR SPECIFIC LEGAL MATTER. PLEASE CONTACT THE LAW OFFICE OF LITA PETTUS-DOTSON FOR AN ESTIMATE OF THE COST OF HANDLING YOUR SPECIFIC MATTER.
1990 North California Blvd., Suite 600
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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1070 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 202C
Alameda, CA 94501
   
Phone: 510-219-3564
E-mail: litadotson@gmail.com
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