Divorce is not an easy thing to go through. It is often a drawn-out, complicated process. There are some things that complicate the process even further, such as children and property.
The longer and more complicated a divorce is, the more it will cost. The average divorce costs around $15,000. Some cost more; others cost less. Each divorce case is different.
Many people delay divorce because of the cost involved. If you are serious about ending your marriage, do not let a lack of money stop you. Here are some ways to save money.
Do Your Part
You may not be a lawyer or have much experience in the legal field, but you can still do your part to help move along the process. Gather as much documentation as possible, such as pay stubs, bank statements, credit card statements, tax returns, and anything else showing assets and debts. Familiarize yourself with the process and learn how to file paperwork on your own to save on legal fees.
Use Your Lawyer Wisely
Probably the biggest expense in your divorce will be lawyer fees, so do what you can to cut down this expense. Do not use your lawyer as a therapist. If you need to vent, talk to a close friend or family member. Also, do not pick up the phone and call your lawyer over every issue. Make a list of things to discuss with your lawyer and send an email instead. This will save time and money.
Learn to Compromise
Divorce is not an all-or-nothing situation. You will need to learn to compromise, despite the bitterness you may feel toward your spouse. Do not intentionally try to be combative. This can be harmful if there are children involved. Instead, aim for an amicable, uncontested divorce, if possible. It will make the process quicker and cheaper.
Determine Your Priorities
What do you want to accomplish with this divorce? Is there a certain asset you must have? Is child custody a priority? You will not be able to get everything you want out of a divorce, so be realistic and figure out now what battles you will pick.
Another big expense in a divorce is litigation. Not every divorce has to end in the courtroom. Going to court is something you should avoid, as it can affect you emotionally and financially. Opt to settle outside of court to avoid high court costs and attorney fees. The process will not only be cheaper but also quicker and less stressful.
Contact Us Today
Divorce can be expensive. If you cannot afford tens of thousands of dollars, learn how to divorce smartly by saving money.
There are things you can do on your own to cut costs. Still, make sure you get effective legal help from The Law Offices of Michael A. Robbins. To schedule a consultation, fill out the online form or call (248) 646-7980.