California Flat-Fee Divorce: A Viable Alternative Coming Soon

Over the past few years, much has been written about the impending death of the billable hour. And the trend does seem to be picking up steam. Divorce cases would seem to be particularly ripe for flat-fee (also known as fixed-fee) billing.

Many of us, myself included, have heard the horror stories about families either shocked by their final invoices or driven into bankruptcy as a result of a high-conflict, high-cost divorce case. But, what are the alternatives? And are the alternatives as good? Well, the answer is “yes,” there is an alternative and “yes,” the alternative is as good and in many cases is much better.

In the coming weeks, my office will begin to offer flat-fee divorce services for both uncontested and contested cases. Not every case nor every situation lends itself to flat-fee services, so I will continue to provide hourly billing as well. However, I am excited about the prospect of offering flat-fee services, and look forward to discussing the various options with my clients to help them find the best solution for their particular case.

Watch this space over the next few weeks for more information and announcements. Be sure to visit our new domains (once they’re up and running, of course) at:,, and

For more information about California family law and divorce issues, please contact attorney Gary D. Sparks at (925) 465-2500 or (707) 398-6008. Or, send a contact request directly from the page you are currently viewing.