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Family Law: How Much Will It Cost & How Long Will It Take?

How much will it cost and how long will it take? To use the lawyerly answer, “it depends.”

It is impossible to determine the exact timeline and cost of a family law case at the outset. There are many moving parts that will affect the overall outcome of separation, divorce or custody cases. Each person is unique, and so are family law cases.

The time frame and cost vary, but so does our strategy – changing and adapting to the situation as it progresses. A “cookie-cutter” approach to family law would be ineffective. The needs of each person vary. Our team makes an assessment early on about the situation and your values. The strategies we create are rooted in your best interest. At McKenzie Lake, we tailor our services to fit your individual needs.


No two family law case are the same. Factors that affect the overall progression of a family law case include the people involved, their objectives and actions. Our priority remains, throughout the process, advocating for you.

The time and cost of your family law case will depend on what we are retained to do. Some circumstances require aggressive advocacy and use of the courts, while others benefit from mediation. The court process can be frustrating and time-consuming. Mediation is a private, informal negotiation process that can save money and time in a family law case. Our lawyers are seasoned in this alternative dispute resolution technique and can help you avoid conflict and find creative solutions that meet your needs.

As the situation evolves, so does our strategy for you.


The McKenzie Lake team is here to guide you through each step of your family law case. We will keep you updated on the progress of your case, and we are ready to adapt and change as the situation changes. A separation or custody determination can be stressful. Although we cannot give an exact breakdown of the cost and timeline to start, we pledge to keep you updated as the situation evolves. Our family law team will accompany you through this uncertain time.

Please contact a family lawyer at McKenzie Lake to further discuss how we can assist you.

This post was written by Family Lawyer Matthew Villeneuve and Summer Student Olivia Pomajba.