We’re often asked how much it will cost to get divorced. The answer varies widely, as the time dedicated to your file correlates directly with the total expense. If your matter is resolved with little controversy, it will cost less (a lot less) than a divorce requiring a trial.

Here are a few tips help you keep costs down:

  • Read and understand your retainer. Many law offices charge a minimum time of 15 minutes no matter how long the task takes. If you call and speak to your attorney for 3 minutes, you will be billed for 15 minutes. We have real time billing, meaning you only pay for the exact time we spend on your file.
  • Many clients make the mistake and shop for an attorney by hourly rate alone. While you may pay more per hour for a seasoned attorney, you can expect they will have more to offer you. A lawyer with experience can give you more legal options, move your case more efficiently, and know how to navigate through difficult procedural postures. On the other hand, a less expensive lawyer may take twice as long and not achieve the same results.
  • Make sure to do your homework. When you come into our office, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire. This tells us necessary information we need to analyze your case and draft pleadings. Take the time to do this. The more information you can give us, the better.
  • Make sure the law office has a team of professionals working for you. You want to make sure the law office you choose employs legal assistants, paralegals, and attorneys to assist you on your case. This ensures that you will not be overpaying for less complicated tasks to be performed. Our office takes a team approach to every file.
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Jason C. Brown has represented a wide variety of family law clients over the last 20 years, including teachers, homemakers, union construction workers, doctors, truck drivers, accountants, business owners, engineers, lawyers, mortgage brokers and Fortune 500 executives. Many of his cases have involved…

Jason C. Brown has represented a wide variety of family law clients over the last 20 years, including teachers, homemakers, union construction workers, doctors, truck drivers, accountants, business owners, engineers, lawyers, mortgage brokers and Fortune 500 executives. Many of his cases have involved complex custody disputes, alimony claims, and high net worth individuals, including several divorces in which the value of the marital estate exceeded ten million dollars. Every client, no matter their background, is important to Jason.

Jason routinely provides mediation services for family court litigants. He was a longtime board member and corporate secretary for Northgate Church in Ramsey. Early in his career, Jason served as law clerk to the Honorable Timothy R. Bloomquist, retired Chief Judge of Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District.