There are many direct expenses when you divorce. Attorneys' fees are what most people view as the top cost. When you think about it, that is rarely true.
Sometimes you can. Sometimes, you can't. How is that for what appears to be a BS answer? It is, however, a reality.
Most divorce attorneys will shy away from any question of the ultimate cost of legal services. Retainers vary widely by attorney. Hourly rates vary, as well. Some divorce attorneys will start with a low retainer, but you may have to keep re-paying a new retainer monthly, as the end cost could be quire high.
So, you found your divorce attorney, and you and the attorney are now working together. Perhaps it is purely for advice. Perhaps you are drafting a separation agreement. Maybe you are engaged in hard-nosed litigation.
I always ask my clients how they found my firm. Most clients are referred by other clients. Increasingly, clients find me with an Internet search. I would say that Google remains the number one way clients find me. There are more specialized websites, such as Findlaw.com and Avvo.com.