Saving Money on Your Divorce
Tips for Saving Money on Your Divorce
If you are contemplating divorce or are in the middle of one, you know that divorce can be expensive. There are ways, however, to keep the costs down. One of
the best ways to lower costs is to work out an agreement with your spouse on as many issues as
When you and your spouse discuss issues, remember that the big categories to work through
(1) Property division
(2) Custody and support if you have children
(3) Alimony if the marriage was long and your incomes vary.
To determine if you and your spouse will be able to work together, start wh property that is easy to
divide. For example, both of you will likely want to keep your personal possessions, such as those
related to your respective sports and hobbies (bicycles, fishing poles, tennis rackets, sewing machines,
As you talk about the issues, friction may arise. If it does, postpone decision on those matters that
cause disagreement, and move onto something else. Ultimately, your goal will be to keep trying to
negotiate together and end up with as few undecided issues as possible. Once the case gets into court,
you and your spouse will end up with lower fees the smaller the number of remaining issues you bring
to a mediator, a custody evaluator, or two lawyers.
Once you have hired a divorce family law attorney to help you resolve the remaining issues, there are still other things you
can do to keep costs down. You should remember that your attorney’s time costs you money, so use it
judiciously. You can do this by, for example:
1. Organize your important documents before any meetings and present them in an orderly fashion.
Keep copies in case any are lost.
2. Prepare your questions for counsel in advance and address them quickly.
3. For simple questions about such things as where to go for a conference or hearing, consider asking
support staff rather than your attorney.
4. Call your attorney only when important issues arise. Minimize the social talk, and get to the point.
Focus on matters you really need your attorney’s help with, and skip the emotional items that may be
bothering you, but that your attorney cannot really address.
5. Learn as much as you can about the process on your own. Buy self-help divorce books, review
educational internet sites, and talk to friends who have been through a divorce.
6. Despite the caution expressed above, never fail to reveal important concerns to your attorney, and do
not fail to ask questions about things you do not understand. Speak up. If you say nothing, the issues
will come up eventually. Frequently they are more difficult to handle the longer they remain hidden.
Being candid with your attorney will help you get through the process with less upset and
If you are contemplating divorce, or if you have questions about your pending divorce and want to speak
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