One of the most common questions asked during an initial consultation is, "How much will this cost me?" Unfortunately, this is a difficult if not impossible question to answer. The vast majority of family law attorney's charge on an hourly basis. The total amount of time needed for a particular case can depend on a number of variables, including but not limited to the complexity of the issues at hand, to what degree the parties disagree on those issues, and whether or not the parties are capable of communication. As a general rule, the less communication between the parties, the higher the attorney's fees. That being said, I can speak from experience that there are ways to keep costs down. If the parties can agree on all the important issues and simply need guidance in formalizing the matter, a divorce can be a relatively inexpensive endeavor. This would alleviate the need to mediate and try the case, which will save thousands of dollars in legal fees per spouse. It does, however, takes two to tango and there are certainly instances where one unreasonable party can necessitate a trial. Even if this is the case, there are ways in which one party may recover attorney's fees from the other.