My husband and I would like to get divorced. We live in the expensive Greater Boston area. What do I do if I cannot afford an attorney?
Area lawyers charge a variety of fees. Retainers are required when the attorney feels the divorce will clearly involve court hearings. If you feel your divorce will be amicable, you may find an attorney who would be willing to work with you and not charge a retainer. You may also want to consider mediation if you feel that you and your spouse can sit together in a room with a neutral third party to come to agreements on the issues involving children, support, division of assets and debts. Often there is no retainer needed and the parties can share the hourly fee of the mediator. The time involved may also be less, as there is no need for court appearances.