How to Reduce Your Divorce Costs

By Gerald A. Maggio, Esq.

divorce mediation attorneys Orange County; California Divorce MediatorsA divorce is not only emotionally stressful, but also has a major impact on your financial health.  Many times, the enormous expenditure on divorce litigation can leave you devoid of finances required to lead a happy and productive life. However, contrary to popular belief, the divorce costs not only include the attorney fees, but also the hiring costs for experts that are required during the litigation to evaluate your property or determine you potential for visitation and custody related settlements. Here are a few simple ways in which you can significantly minimize your divorce costs.

Try to be as amicable as possible 

Now, since you and your spouse intend on separating from each other, it is quite difficult for either of you to maintain a cordial association with the other partner. However, the idea here is to minimize the conflicts and disagreements stemming out of personal resentment and ego, and have a common word on custody, support and property division related issues.  The more you agree with each other, the easier a lawsuit will be on your pockets. You can even go to the length of getting an uncontested divorce without both of you having to hire separate attorneys for fighting the case. 

Select your attorney wisely 

Owing to your massive ego and hunger to win against your spouse, you might be tempted to hire the priciest lawyer in the country. However, the fact is that an expensive lawyer need not be the most suitable for your specific case. An attorney must be chosen on the basis of his area of expertise, skills and experience, rather than his consultation fee. To cite an example, if you and your spouse have an agreement for your child’s custody and visitation related issues, there is absolutely no point in spending extra money on a custody specialist. 

Communicate efficiently 

A divorce lawyer will be charging you for every visit and consultation that you set up with him. It is therefore advisable to reduce that extra expenditure by minimizing your communication with him and trying to include as many issues possible in one conversation. Refrain from calling your lawyer up instantly or sending that email without thinking a little. Instead you can jot down all your concerns on a piece of paper and call him up only when you have multiple issues at hand.

Mediate your divorce

Divorce mediation is a great way to resolve divorces amicably and at the fraction of the cost of traditional divorce cases by using a neutral, trained mediator knowledgeable and experienced in divorce and family law.

Remember, all the money that you save in getting extricated from the clutches of your insensitive spouse, will be helpful in starting a fresh life from scratch later.

To learn more about the divorce process in California and how mediation can help, please visit our page, What is Divorce Mediation