When divorcing, many couples are worried about the cost of a divorce. Certainly, the choices a couple makes during the divorce process can have an impact on the overall cost. For example, couples that agree to the division of property typically spend less money than those that litigate the possession of every piece of furniture and every investment dollar. Which is not to say litigation isn’t an appropriate response in some cases. However, below are three ways to keep divorce costs lower.
Respond to Requests for Documents
During your divorce, your attorney will ask for a number of legal documents and necessary papers. This information is essential for the divorce process. A delayed response, or worse, no response at all, requires your attorney to follow up with you. You pay your attorney by the hour. It doesn’t make sense to pay him to ask you for the same document more than once. Instead, provide them promptly the first time he asks.
Recognize the Power of Emotion – and Distance Yourself From It
Often, divorcing couples are dealing with more than just separating their possessions. They may be struggling to work out a parenting plan that works best for the children. They may be struggling to come to terms with adultery or other actions that have led to hurt feelings. When making decisions about the divorce, it is natural that emotions come into play. However, making marriage ending decisions based on emotion rather than reason tends to cost more than making decisions based on reason. Digging in and insisting on litigation instead of working to resolve the issues may feel natural, but it is not always in a party’s best interests.
Consider Your Alternatives
Often during the divorce process, there are a number of different approaches that may lead to the same or a similar result. Many people have preconceived notions about how the divorce process may play out. This might be based on something they have read about or based on the experience of a family member or friend. However, every divorce is unique unto itself. Because every divorce is different, every couple will face different choices about how to resolve the issues. An experienced family law attorney can provide insight about various approaches to the same issue. Keeping an open mind, and a willingness to explore divorce alternatives, can go a long way towards keeping divorce costs low.
If you are considering divorce, consider Eric C. Cheshire, P.A., Attorney at Law. Eric Cheshire has over 30 years of experience handling family law cases. He offers his vast experience and insights to facilitate the divorce process. Eric Cheshire is well versed in mediation and collaborative divorce practices, as well as traditional negotiation and litigation approaches. Contact the office today to schedule a consultation to discuss your divorce. We can explore different approaches to accomplish the same goal and come up with an approach that works best for you and your family. Call today at (561) 677-8090.