Why do I have to pay a retainer? What is it for and how does it work?

Why do I have to pay a retainer? What is it for and how does it work?

Attorneys use retainers as advance payment for their services. Family law cases are unpredictable. Sometimes, parties have minimal conflict and quickly resolve all issues in their case. Other times, parties have to endure extensive litigation before they reach a resolution. For that reason, attorneys charge an hourly rate for their services and require payment before service. The hourly rate is generally based on the…