Our rates for parties who represent themselves are generally as follows:

Divorce & Family Law Matters:

  • $710   Divorce – Summons, Petition, Request for Default and Fee Waiver.  Short declaration disclosure included.
  • $675   Divorce Response – Response, Fee Waiver.  Short declaration disclosure included.
  • $240   Divorce Amendment
  • $100   At Issue Memorandum
  • $710   Petition to Establish a Parental Relationship
  • $1,070 Petition to Terminate Parental Right
  • $730   Domestic Violence Restraining Order – Always prepared as a rush job.
  • $970   Ex Parte request for order – Always prepared as a rush job
  • $540   Request for Spousal Support, Child Support, or Other Order
  • $140   Additional Order Requests
  • $180   Other family law pleadings
  • $90     Additional consultation or phone call – check dates, check case status, obtain extra copies, etc.

Grandparent Rights

  • $690  Petition to establish grandparent rights
  • $540  Objection


$550    Petition to terminate parental rights for purpose of adoption
$850    Stepchild adoption


$1,280 Guardianship package
$250    Each additional child
$580    Objection

Criminal Matters

$350    Sealing Order, Petition to Dismiss, Petition to Reduce Charges, etc. – First case. $150 Each additional case
$350    Quash restraining order

Evictions & Unlawful Detainers

$85         Notice – 3, 15, 30, or 60 Day Notice
$160       Sheriff Writ
$1,100    Eviction/Unlawful Detainer – Possession Only
$150*     Typing service – answers to discovery, response to demurrers, etc.

Other Civil Matters

$530    Civil Restraining Order
$725    Summons and Complaint – Limited Civil
$650    Name Change
$150*   Other civil pleadings, answers to discovery, etc.

Hurry, Hurry, Hurry

$150 Rush. It takes a few days to prepare documents for most cases, but we charge a bit extra and stay after hours for clients who need to have their documents prepared immediately.

* This is an hourly rate for typing and formatting

All fees are flat rate except fees that include an asterisk*.  Those fees are charged hourly because preparation time is almost completely dependent on the parties and not on the paralegals. Fees do not include court fees, Sheriff’s Department fees, or any other fees that may be charged by a third party. The court clerks often reject pleadings for minor issues. It would be highly unlikely for us to make an error in pleadings, but we do not charge for correction of our errors.

Instructions for making payments can be found here

If you need other types of paralegal work, we are happy to send you to our friends.  We work with paralegals who specialize in multiple other areas of the law and in multiple counties.  Just ask us.  These are a few of the paralegal firms we have recently worked with: