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It's so nice that your daughter has supportive parents that want to help her.
The best way you can help her is to help her find an attorney who is very familiar with divorce and custody. Lawyer's fees will vary. Some charge by the hour and some do flat fee billing. A resource like avvo.com can help you be familiar with attorneys and how much they charge. The most important thing is that she has an attorney that she is comfortable with, who specializes in family law in her area.
Other than that, you can encourage her to educate herself on custody laws. Most counties have a law library or she can use a resource like https://floridalawhelp.org/ to become aware of what's standard for custody, etc.
Most importantly, she will need emotional support and the encouragement to make choices that are best for her children.
Unfortunately, that's pretty hard to do, because lawyers aren't supposed to talk about fees publicly. The American Bar Association doesn't want there to be "price fixing." She could be looking at anywhere from $1500 to over $10,000. It completely depends on the attorney she chooses and how complicated her case is/how long it goes on.
A retainer of $5000 or more paid up front isn't uncommon. $150/hour is on the low end for an reputable attorney's hourly rate. Cases can take 6 months to a year, or longer depending on complications that arise. A middle range attorney with more than five years of experience is probably going to be in the $200-300 range, but it's really impossible to say, since lawyers are free to set their own fees. Some will charge for every email/phone call and bill in 10 minute increments. Some may do 6 minute increments. And then there are a few attorneys who will say, "I'll do your whole case for $5000 flat."
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