The divorce process can be extremely expensive, which is why it is so important for couples seeking a divorce to educate themselves and be prepared for what is to come. There are plenty of ways to save money during a divorce, whether divorcing couples wish to seek money-saving tactics together or independently. Keep in mind, some expenses are worth it in order to seek the resolutions you desire, while other costs may be nonessential, depending on your situation.
To cut costs during your divorce, follow these tips and tricks from our experienced legal team:
1. Consider Mediation: Rather than choosing costly litigation, think about handling your divorce outside of the court room with an unbiased mediator. A mediator can help you get through all of the essential documents you would handle through litigation, (including spousal support, child support, child custody, etc.), though less intrusively. Mediation is almost always quicker than a divorce through court because there are fewer parties involved. Less time means less money spent on legal fees. Also, remember that when you take an issue to court, the court will ultimately decide on a final ruling, even if neither spouse agrees with it. Not only does mitigation save time, and therefore money, it also gives you more control of the outcome.
2. Educate Yourself: The more knowledge you have of the divorce process, the easier it will be. When you understand the legal issues at hand, it can speed up the divorce process and make reaching agreements much faster. If you do your homework, so to speak, and take the time to learn about the documents, state laws, and other pertinent issues, you will have a firmer grasp of the legal process. In doing so, you will likely spend much less in legal fees. You can ask your lawyer where you can go to learn about legal aspects that are applicable to your situation or you can visit your local library. Also, feel free to browse the web for additional information, just make sure it comes from a trustworthy source, like the state court website.
3. Choose a Collaborative Divorce: For couples who believe themselves capable of coming to an amicable agreement, collaborative divorce might be a viable option. Through a collaborative divorce, the divorce lawyers for each party will work together to reach a solution that works best for everyone. These types of divorces often involve creative problem solving in order to accommodate the needs and wishes of both parties. This can help couples avoid costly litigation, as well as the added stress and time that comes with a contentions divorce. Collaborative divorces aim to honor and respect the wishes of both parties in order to create a legal split that helps, rather than hurts, everyone involved.
If you and your spouse are ready to divorce but are unsure of the next step, it is always wise to seek legal counsel before making any major decisions. Our experienced divorce attorneys at Hedayati Law Group, P.C. can work with you to decide on the best course of action for your divorce case.
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