The cost of the legal fees involved is one of the things that concerns people the most about a divorce. Many families are already struggling to pay their daily living expenses and regular monthly bills. When a couple decides to divorce, the cost of the entire process could end up being tens of thousands of dollars. When added up, the legal fees and other expenses associated with divorce can be overwhelming, especially in the current economy.
However, it may be possible to do the divorce yourself if you and your spouse do not have children and can communicate well enough to agree on property division. To make sure that the documents are correctly prepared and you have the correct documents to file with the Court, feel free to ask for assistance from any Court Assistance Office near you. Some areas have an “attorney workshop” were you can go and ask an attorney questions about the law. However, doing your divorce by yourself should only happen if you and your spouse are in full agreement about the things related to divorcing such as who will get certain property, who will remain in the home and who will pay which outstanding bills.
By mediating your divorce, there is a greater chance of the process being a less expensive one compared to litigation. Throughout the entire process, a neutral third-party mediator can help you discuss and come to an agreement on the issues related to your divorce. This saves time and money that would normally be spent on attorneys in court arguing the case. In any divorce mediation case, it is helpful for the parties to have some form of open communication, although the process is still most often effective even where disputes exist.
When you do use an attorney, divorce expenses can be reduced by the clients doing most of the legwork on gathering evidence, and providing full and complete information as requested by your attorney. The more time you can do instead of your attorney or the assisting paralegal, the more you will save. If unsure of what you can do on your own, you can ask the mediator for processes and services that you can save money on. When you and your spouse agree to be more involved in the proceedings and take initiative to do things on your own, your divorce will be resolved faster and thus becomes less of a money pit.