David Pisarra January 6, 2012 What Does a Los Angeles Divorce Lawyer Cost? The question everyone wants to know is what does a Los Angeles Divorce Lawyer cost? This question is like asking what type of car do you want to buy? Do you want a Mercedes-Benz or a Kia? There are divorce attorneys who charge $750 an hour and have $50,000 retainers, there are divorce lawyers who charge $175 an hour and will let you pay as you go. The average Los Angeles Divorce attorney will cost a few hundred dollars an hour, depending on their age, skill, education, experience and ability. The bigger the law firm the more expensive they will be. Attorneys in Santa Monica, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Venice and throughout West Los Angeles, are more expensive than attorneys in Lancaster. The better question is what can my lawyer get done for me? The attorney who is a straight shooter and tells you the reality of what you are facing, no matter what they charge, is a better lawyer than the attorney who tells you what you want to hear rather than the truth.