Like it or not, a law office is a business. Even if the lawyer were willing to work for free, our staff doesn't, and it's really convenient to keep the lights on. Matrimonial litigation can be expensive. Clients are expected to pay their fees promptly and in full.
The level of client preparation and knowledge about the parties' finances, coupled with a willingness to share that information
with the adverse party, can make for a less costly divorce. Lawyers are unable to predict the fee total because of unforeseen or changing circumstances.
Unlike probate or injury litigation, in divorce, the fee is based upon work performed, not a contingency percentage of amounts collected.
Court costs, court reporter fees, copying costs, mediator fees, and other expenses of litigation are the responsibility of the client and must be paid promptly.