Tips For Saving Money During Your Divorce

Posted on: 8 November 2021

Are you getting a divorce soon, but worried about how much money it is going to cost you? If so, it will help to follow these tips that will make it more affordable. 

Limit Time In Discovery

One cost of a divorce that can add up quickly is the time spent in discovery. This is when both spouses request documents from each other, such as financial documents for bank accounts and retirement accounts. The time your lawyers spend contacting the other person about requesting documents is going to add to your billable hours. Agree to work together to limit the amount of time spent during discovery requesting these documents. Delaying things is only going to cost you more money in the end and not do anyone any good since you need those documents to move forward.

Avoid Drama When Lawyers Are Involved

While a divorce can cause a lot of drama, it's important to put that to the side when you have your lawyers involved. It is not the time or place to bring in personal matters with your spouse when going through mediation and dealing with legal matters. Keep the interactions with the lawyer strictly to the legal issues that need to be handled.

In addition, it's understandable that you'll have personal issues that you need to work out during a divorce. However, your lawyer is not the person to speak to about them. Not only is a lawyer going to have a more expensive hourly rate than a therapist, but your lawyer is not able to help deal with those problems with you. Save your vent sessions for therapy to help cut down on the legal costs of a divorce. 

Try To Stay Within Mediation

The best way to save money on a divorce is to prevent it from going to trial. Your goal will be to keep things in mediation for every issue. Know that a trial is going to be much more expensive than mediation, and it may be worth settling resolving issues in mediation because of this. Unless it is an issue you are very passionate about that you are having a disagreement on, such as child custody, know that there is a cost associated with everything that needs to be settled in a courtroom setting. 

Reach out to divorce lawyers in your area if you want more tips on how to keep the cost of getting a divorce low.   


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If your ex was ordered to pay child support as part of your divorce settlement, you have every reason to expect it to be paid on time. If he or she isn't meeting that obligation in a timely manner, you do have some enforcement options. Instead of struggling to get by or finding yourself fighting with your ex about getting the payments you're entitled to, you should reach out to a child support attorney who can help you take the case back to court. Your ex will have to show just cause for why he or she isn't paying or the courts will order them to catch up. I created this site to share what I've learned about child support enforcement over the years. I hope it helps you to understand your rights and the options available to you.

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