Our rates for parties who represent themselves are generally as follows:
Divorce & Family Law Matters:
$540 Divorce – No minor children – Summons, Petition, and Fee Waiver
$360 Divorce Response – No minor children – Response and Fee Waiver
$155 Divorce Amendment
$85 At Issue Memorandum
$150 Interrogatories or Answer to Interrogatories
$95 Default Judgement
$150 Marital Settlement Agreement -This is an hourly rate for typing and formatting.
$210 Summary Dissolution – If the marriage lasted less than five years, the parties have no children together, and the parties have no assets or liabilities to divide, the marriage may be dissolved with using a summary dissolution. Each party pays $210 ($420 total) and signs the summary dissolution.
$150 Declaration and Disclosure
$445 Petition to Establish a Parental Relationship
$450 Petition to Terminate Parental Right
$520 Domestic Violence Restraining Order – Always prepared as a rush job.
$545 Ex Parte request for order – Always prepared as a rush job
$325 Request for Spousal Support Order – one order
$325 Request for Child Support Order – one order and one child. $100 for each additional child or order requested
$305 Request for Modification of Order – one order and one child. $100 for each additional child or order requested
$85 Service of process to a Bakersfield business address. Includes three attempts.
$125 Service of process to a Bakersfield residential address. Includes three attempts.
$150 Service of process – Same day service.
$150 Other family law pleadings
$250 Sealing Order, Petition to Dismiss, Petition to Reduce Charges, etc. – First case. $100 Each additional case
$350 Quash restraining order
Other Civil Matters
$529 Civil Restraining Order
$425 Summons and Complaint – Limited Civil
$125 Single Person
$195 Married couple
Evictions & Unlawful Detainers
$85 Notice – 3, 15, 30, or 60 Day Notice
$550 Eviction/Unlawful Detainer – Possession Only
$350 Answer to Eviction/Unlawful Detainer
Process Service in Bakersfield
$65 Routine Service – 3 to 7 days
$75 Rush Service – 1 to 3 days
$100 Ultra Rush – Within 24 hours
$140 NOW! – Within two hours
(Other cities usually have similar rates)
We offer a 10% discount to first responders, nurses, and active members of the military. If you are happy with our services, leave us a good five star review and get 10% off the fee for your next document.
Note: All fees are flat rate except fees that are underlined. 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.
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