A divorce doesn’t have to wreck your life or your finances if you go into it prepared and focused on the outcome you want to achieve. No doubt one of those outcomes is to keep a lid on the cost of your divorce as much as possible. Here are five tips to help you achieve this:
- Keep your mind open.
Many people will approach a divorce with preconceived notions of how things should turn out, usually because they have been listening to stories about other people’s divorces. However, every divorce case is different, and what happened to your cousin is not necessarily in the cards for you. This is why it is important for you to keep an open mind to the different ways you may be able to resolve your case. The outcome of your case is not predetermined, so try to remain flexible and open to all the options available to you.
- Keep your emotions in check.
Emotions can run high during a divorce, but letting your emotions take control can ultimately threaten your ability to achieve the outcome you want — and can also lead to overspending on the divorce itself. Find other outlets for your anger — physical exercise or a favorite activity — and focus on letting your head prevail in decision-making instead of your heart.
- Adhere to important deadlines.
As a legal process, divorce entails a lot of paperwork and deadlines, and sticking to these deadlines will save you in legal fees. During your divorce case, you will be asked to provide lots of financial documents to your attorney so he or she can file the proper paperwork with the court and your case can proceed. By missing deadlines and holding things up, you are wasting time and money.
- Consider mediation.
Mediation allows you to resolve your case outside a courtroom and gives you better control over the final outcome. Engaging in mediation will allow you and your spouse to hash things out with the help of a neutral third party — the mediator — in a private setting. Both of you can still have your own attorney to help you during the negotiation process and to review the final agreement prior to the court signing off on it.
- Choose your attorney wisely.
You not only want an attorney that you feel comfortable with talking about the intimate details of your life, you also want one whose focus is on getting you the best possible outcome and not on litigating every single issue. Not only will that add more stress to your divorce, it will also cost you more.
When you are faced with an important life decision regarding a key family relationship, the advice and assistance of an experienced family law attorney often proves crucial to your understanding of the issues involved and your satisfaction with the ultimate outcome of your family law matter. Contact us today for your free consultation.