5 Ways to Save Time and Money During Your Divorce
Regardless of when you file, or why are filing, divorce can be expensive. After a couple splits up, both generally struggle to find a new financial normal under two separate roofs. During the divorce proceedings, there are so many different issues and factors to be handled with such intense detail and care that the future health of each individual’s finances may not get all the attention it deserves.
If you are considering filing for divorce or if your partner has recently filed for divorce, act now to minimize the costs of divorce.
Tips on Saving Time, Money, and Heartache During Your Divorce:
1. Mediate: A mediated divorce is significantly cheaper than a court battle. It is also usually more affordable than a negotiated divorce (out of court) when each party hires an attorney to represent their rights and advocate for their needs. In a mediated divorce, one attorney serves as a neutral third-party negotiator working to assist the divorcing couple to “split up” amicably.
2. Talk to a Counselor: Many individuals going through a divorce waste thousands of dollars in attorney fees because they call, text or email their attorney every time their ex hurts their feelings or every time they are scared. Divorce is traumatic, but remember that you are paying your attorney to handle the legal side of your divorce. Be conscious of the time you are spending communicating with your lawyer and limit it to addressing the legal side of the divorce. The rest, while no less important, should be handled by a different type of professional; not because your attorney doesn’t care, but because it will cost you significantly less to discuss the non-legal issues related to your divorce with a counselor or therapist.
3. Avoid Needing the Last Word: If you always need to have the last word, you are going to drive up your legal fees unnecessarily. Don’t use your attorney to try to “make a point” or irritate your spouse. It’s not worth the cost.
4. Embrace Redecorating: If household goods are a significant issue, consider the excitement of redecorating. Arguing over an old sofa, the flatware, and some mattresses can cost thousands in legal fees if neither is willing to budge. Consider spending that money on new furnishings for your new home post-divorce.
If you need to file for a California divorce, the experienced family law attorneys at The Maggio Law Firm can help. Get in touch today so we can discuss the specifics of your situation and guide you toward the most efficient, and affordable legal path.
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