How much does it cost to get child custody? 23 Answers as of July 08, 2013

I want to know how much it costs to get my son custody and what I need to start it.

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Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser
Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser | Donald F. Conviser
It will take more than an expenditure of money to get custody of your son. It will take proof to the Court of facts demonstrating that a change of physical custody would be in your son's best interests. Family Law Attorneys charge by the hour for their services. It would be impossible to estimate the cost of a custody action without determining the facts involved in the case, and even then, the litigation activities of your ex-wife and her attorney could significantly affect the cost. You should interview experienced Family Law Attorneys to determine their respective hourly rates.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 10/18/2011
Law Offices of Paul A. Eads, A.P.C.
Law Offices of Paul A. Eads, A.P.C. | Paul A. Eads
Hire an attorney.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/11/2013
Law Offices of Arlene D. Kock
Law Offices of Arlene D. Kock | Arlene D. Kock
This complex question deserves the attention of a skilled family law attorney in an office consultation.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 10/28/2011
Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
It depends on way too many factors to answer in a forum like this, not the least of which is whether or not the other side will agree to some or all of your desired terms, the Court, the Judge, local practice on mediation and home studies, the attorney's rate, how often you call with questions, if you cooperate fully or resist discovery requests, if the other side hires a lawyer, that lawyer's trial tactics (do they delay and run up the bill, or fight aggressively to outspend you, etc.), the age of the child, if you or the other parent have skeletons to deal with, etc. If your son currently lives in Collin or Dallas County, please call me and we can discuss. If he lives elsewhere you will need counsel local to that jurisdiction.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 10/12/2011
Dunnings Law Firm
Dunnings Law Firm | Steven Dunnings
Depends on how difficult it will be. If contested, you can expect to pay at least $5000.00.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 7/8/2013
    Reza Athari & Associates, PLLC | Armand Fried
    Each case is different so no qoute can be made on the basis of no information.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 7/8/2013
    Glenn E. Tanner
    Glenn E. Tanner | Glenn E. Tanner
    You start by filing for divorce or legal separation if you are married and parentage if not.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 10/12/2011
    McCormack Law Office
    McCormack Law Office | Erin Michael McCormack
    In order to obtain custody, you'll need to file a Complaint for Custody in the Circuit Court in the county in which you reside. The administrative costs to file a cause of action differ between counties, but will range from $125 to $150. You will then need to have the complaint for custody served upon the opposing party which will average another $40 if served by a sheriff or private process server. If you do not have a significant income or already qualify for government assistance, you should also file a request to waive the filing fees. If waived, it could cost you nothing to file. Note: I believe all Maryland counties have a pro bono family law service program to help individuals fill out forms related to divorce, custody and support matters. You should contact the Circuit Court where you reside, ask if they have a family services program and when it is scheduled. The attorneys which volunteer their time in these programs are extremely helpful and will walk you through the paperwork which needs to be filed.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 10/12/2011
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
    With the limited information you have provided and the importance of knowing all the facts, it is impossible to say how much it will cost. Especially since it isn't even clear why you are asking the question. But a disputed custody battle could cost anywhere from a couple of thousand dollars to $30-40 thousand.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 10/12/2011
    David A. Browde, P.C.
    David A. Browde, P.C. | David Browde
    There is no fixed amount of cost. You or your attorney can start the process with a petition in Family Court.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 10/11/2011
    Law Office of James L. Miller
    Law Office of James L. Miller | James Miller
    There are so many facts that need to be considered before a quote of price can even be contemplated. Are the parties married? Are there current orders? I would suggest you contact an attorney in your area, many such as myself, offer free consultations,
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/28/2011
    Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A.
    Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A. | Joanna Mitchell
    It is not about cost. It's about whether the proper circumstances exist for the child to live predominately with your son. Florida no longer has custody. It is a shared parenting state.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 10/11/2011
    The Law Office of Erin Farley
    The Law Office of Erin Farley | Erin Farley
    It is very difficult to estimate the costs of a custody issue. So much depends on the ability of each party to be reasonable and the ability for each party to recognize that the child's well-being is the focus. Some parents can work together welll and settle their issues out of court. Some parents are stuck in their emotions or their mental disease and have to have every decision made by a judge. Obviously, working together as parents is the best for your grandchild - both emotionally and financially. Your best bet is to consult some local attorneys and discuss with them their value system and their approach to custody issues. Do not be swayed by attorneys with reputations as "bulldogs"; a heated and ugly custody battle is NOT in your grandchild's best interests. Absent abuse, frequent and continuous contact with both parents IS in your grandchild's best interests. You want an attorney who shares your values, understands the law, and has the ability to solve problems (and sometimes, yes, that means talking sense into his/her OWN client). Attorneys vary in price. Your best bet is to call local attorney offices and get an idea of the rate that is customary in your area.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/11/2011
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law | Gary Moore
    It can cost between $5,000 and $10,000.00.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 10/28/2011
    Law Office of Cassandra Savoy
    Law Office of Cassandra Savoy | Cassandra Savoy
    The cost is a function of the amount of work involved. Usually, these matters involve psychological experts as well as lawyer time. If the matter is contested, then you could easily spend $10 - 15,000.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 10/11/2011
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    There is no correct answer to your question. The cost of a proceeding deep ds on many factors including the court you are in, the procedural status of the case and the complexity of the issues. Contested proceedings through trial may certainly be very expensive and may cost $10,000 or more.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 10/11/2011
    Lewis, Pfanstiel & Williams, PCLO
    Lewis, Pfanstiel & Williams, PCLO | Ryan J. Lewis
    You need to file an application to establish paternity, and custody.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 10/28/2011
    Law Office of L. Paul Zahn
    Law Office of L. Paul Zahn | Paul Zahn
    If you are asking about attorney's fees, there is no easy answer as it depends upon the complexity of the matter and how the other side responds. If you are asking about court fees, it depends upon the court in which you are filing, but for Ventura County, California, if you have already seen a mediator before, the cost is $65.00. If you have not seen a mediator before, the cost is $40.00.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/11/2011
    Swann-Zwiebel Law Firm, LLC
    Swann-Zwiebel Law Firm, LLC | Elizabeth Swann
    Prices may range anywhere from $2,500 to $10,000. Price is very fact dependent and is set on a case-by-case basis. You will definitely want to get someone who practices primarily in family law. Child custody is a very difficult aspect of family law and you will want to seek an attorney who regularly practices in family law to ensure your best possible result.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 10/11/2011
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