Find a divorce lawyer in San Diego, CA

Find divorce lawyers in San Diego, CA

Find divorce lawyers in San Diego, CA

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Top 10 divorce lawyers in San Diego, CA

Clients agree: these San Diego divorce lawyers are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Sunnen Law - San Diego Divorce & Family Law Firm

Sunnen Law - San Diego Divorce & Family Law Firm

2 hires on Thervo
19+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Isaiah F. says, "I highly endorse this lawyer. Chris is a very knowledgeable and effective advocate. Chris was the best attorney. Everyone at Sunnen Law was kind, caring and always made me feel like I was their only client even though they are very busy. Mr. Sunnen made my journey through a horrible time for my children and myself at ease, he was on point with everything and when he told me not to worry about things, he was right. Thank you Mr. Sunnen and your fantastic team for taking care of me and my children. All of you will always be in my thoughts and prayers. When you hire Mr. Sunnen, you get Mr. Sunnen. Thank you, Isaiah and Family " Read more
Law Offices Of John W. Zryd Esq.

Law Offices Of John W. Zryd Esq.

New on Thervo
1 hire on Thervo
10+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
I'm passionate about my work. My number one focus is getting you the outcome you desire. I take pride in being able to help people traverse a complicated and overwhelming process.
Law Office Of Chris T. Nguyen, APC

Law Office Of Chris T. Nguyen, APC

Offers online services
6 hires on Thervo
8+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Peggy H. says, "Mr. Nguyen was very professional and listened to my concerns regarding divorce and legal matters. Mr. Nguyen took time to speak to me on a Sunday even though its not his normal working hours when I reached out to him regarding my legal issues. I have retained Mr. Nguyen and hes great, professional and courteous and works hard for his clients. I will highly recommend Mr. Nguyen to anyone seeking legal problems or advice." Read more
Jackie Robert Geller, LL.M, Attorney At Law

Jackie Robert Geller, LL.M, Attorney At Law

New on Thervo
43+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
35 years experience. Reasonable fees. Personal attention.
Lavelle Law Group, APC

Lavelle Law Group, APC

New on Thervo
Offers online services
Serves San Diego, CA
Experienced Law firm emphasizing one on one represetation of our clients needs to achieve the best results in a cost effective strategy

Your Divorce Attorney questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thervo.

How much does a divorce lawyer cost?

The average cost of a divorce lawyer is $100 to $650 an hour or $10,000 to $15,000 total. The price of a divorce lawyer varies by location, whether the divorce is contested, and if there are any custody disputes.

You will probably pay a retainer fee, or an upfront amount paid before any legal work begins. A retainer is based on the lawyer's hourly rate and acts as a down payment that covers the costs of future hours. Many divorce lawyers apply the retainer to the total bill. The size of the retainer depends on the issues discussed during a free consultation:

  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Alimony or spousal support
  • The division of property
  • The division of debts

Can you get a divorce without a lawyer?

A divorce lawyer helps file paperwork and negotiate the division of assets and custody during a divorce. If you can mediate every issue outside court, a divorce can cost a lot less than average and will be over sooner. If the divorce is amicable and you have no major assets or debts, you may be able to file the paperwork on your own. Just be aware that it is a time-consuming and frustrating process and may be delayed further if there are any mistakes in the paperwork.

Should I get a divorce lawyer?

You should hire a divorce attorney if your case is complicated or there is little chance of arranging terms without outside mediation. Common reasons for hiring a divorce lawyer include:

  • Child custody disputes
  • Child support disputes
  • Excessive debts
  • Significant assets (e.g., cash, car, or house)

Do divorce lawyers work on contingency?

Divorce lawyers do not typically work on contingency, which means receiving a percentage of a settlement only if they win the case. Instead, divorce lawyers commonly charge per hour or work on retainer. Discuss fees and payment options with your lawyer before any casework begins.

Who pays for a divorce lawyer?

Both parties usually hire different divorce lawyers. This way, both parties are equally and objectively represented by someone who will advocate for them. Each party is responsible for the cost of their own representation.

How do I choose a divorce lawyer?

Start by searching our list of divorce lawyers, then:

  • Get 3+ estimates from different firms to compare.
  • Read reviews about previous cases on Thervo and Google.
  • Choose a lawyer with a good reputation and experience.
  • Verify that they passed the bar and are able to represent you.
  • Get a written estimate and contract before any casework begins.
  • Follow a payment plan instead of making large payments up front.

What questions should I ask a divorce lawyer?

When looking for a divorce lawyer near you, consider asking the following questions:

  • How long have you been practicing law?
  • When did you pass the bar?
  • Do you give free consultations?
  • Are you able to take on new clients at this time?
  • What are your rates? Do you charge by the hour, or do you work on contingency?
  • Will you give me a contract in writing?

Reviews for San Diego divorce lawyers

Recent success stories from people in the San Diego area.
Quilnault B.
Thank you for being such a wonderful lawyer, support system, advisor and friend throughout this entire ordeal. You are gifted at what you do and I appreciate all you’ve done to bring this situation to closure. I can’t imagine working with anyone else! You’ve set me free to start over… I’m excited about the future and look forward to enjoying every minute. You’ve helped me more than you’ll ever know :)
Sunnen Law - San Diego Divorce & Family Law Firm
Ben L.
I've been shopping around and most people I talk to are charging an arm and a leg. They also talk about money before they ask me about my situation and what I need. It's quite rare at Benari and Nguyen they actually care and advise on what would be best for your situation. It's hard to find people out there actually trying take time to consult with you on what will be best for you, not how they can make they can make the most money off of you. Also, very affordable prices. I highly recommend my attorney Chris. He's been great with all my BK needs and happy to answer questions.
Law Office of Chris T. Nguyen, APC
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