Everyone knows that divorce can be emotionally exhausting, but many people are surprised to find out that it can be a drain on your finances as well. Costs can vary on a case-by-case basis, but according to a recent survey, the average cost of a divorce is $12,800. Spending thousands of dollars on divorce can affect the entire family for years. Fortunately, it is possible to end your marriage without going broke. Here’s how to reduce the cost of divorce:
Be willing to compromise.
If a couple can resolve some issues on their own, they won’t have to spend as much time–or money–fighting over the details of their divorce in court. However, the cost of a divorce will skyrocket if one or both spouses are not willing to work together and make compromises. Therefore, it is best to put your anger towards your spouse aside and cooperate in order to cut costs. Make an effort to work with your spouse to reach agreements on child support, child custody, and other issues that typically arise during a divorce.
Avoid unnecessary calls and emails.
Divorce attorneys charge by the hour, so the more time they spend on your case, the more it will cost. This means your attorney is most likely billing you for the time he or she spends answering your emails or talking to you on the phone. Before placing a call or sending an email to your attorney, ask yourself if it’s necessary to contact him or her. You should only contact your attorney to discuss legal issues related to your divorce. Don’t call your attorney simply to vent about your spouse–that is, unless you’re willing to pay.
Shop around for the right attorney.
Don’t simply choose the first divorce attorney you come across when browsing the web. Instead, set up consultations with a handful of attorneys in your community so you can learn more about them before making a decision. Experience is an important factor to consider when choosing an attorney, and so is affordability. The most experienced attorneys are usually the most expensive, so try to find a balance between these two factors when looking for an attorney.
If you are filing for divorce, seek legal representation from the team at Williams Law Group, LLC at once. Our divorce attorneys are always mindful of our clients’ budgets as we fight tirelessly on their behalf. Call our office at (908) 810-1083, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact us through our confidential online form to schedule a consultation.