Divorces can get pricey! If you’ve checked the cost of the average divorce, it’s well over $10,000. If you’re ready to start considering a divorce, you are likely wondering how to keep those costs under control. Putting your divorce on a budget may sound strange, but the financial strain of a divorce can leave you in worse shape than when you started the process.
How to Keep Your Divorce Costs Low
For starters, if you and your spouse are on the same page about ending the relationship, you’re a million miles closer to a low-cost divorce than most couples. Uncontested, no-fault divorces are more affordable than contested divorces. Divorce litigation is costly and unpredictable, which means money spent on court dates and filings.
An uncontested divorce will save you time and money. You and your spouse can finalize the details of your divorce quickly by trying a few of the following tips:
Be Cooperative: An uncontested divorce doesn’t mean you will agree on everything. However, if you and your spouse are committed to being as cooperative as you can be, your divorce can be finalized faster. Your ability to negotiate and come to agreeable terms is more helpful than any other action you can take. The more cooperative you and your spouse can be, the better each process will go for you.
Consult Your Attorney: You’re paying your attorney for their expertise, so it’s illogical not to use their services when you need them. Your attorney is on your side, and they want to help you navigate the divorce process as quickly and efficiently as possible. So, ask questions when you need to and listen to their advice. If you disagree with your attorney, that’s fine, too. You and your spouse are in control of the process, and your attorney is available to provide guidance and assistance to ensure your divorce is legal.
Avoid Court When You Can: When you can avoid going to court, you should. Filing for motions and petitions and going to court for every issue costs money. Your attorney will give you options and help you choose when you should be in court and when it’s not necessary.
Keep Your Divorce Organized: You will find out as you proceed through your divorce that it’s mostly about paperwork. The process can be confusing and overwhelming at times. It’s easy to forget about filing dates or find out you have missing paperwork. Hiring an attorney can help you avoid the costs associated with incomplete paperwork and missed deadlines.
How a No-Contest Divorce Can Help You Save Money
Even if you plan every aspect of your divorce, there are still mistakes you could make that could add fees and unplanned costs to your divorce. You can budget for divorce fees, but you may still be surprised when you get the final tally at the end of the process. If you aren’t organized and careful, fees and expenses can add up quickly. Contested divorces can easily become expensive because litigating every point with your spouse isn’t cheap. If you are hoping to save on costs, you should consider trying to work cooperatively with your spouse.
If you both want a divorce, there’s no reason the process can’t be easy and affordable. No one sets out to get divorced, and it may be a regretful circumstance, but it doesn’t have to leave you bankrupt. Hire a divorce lawyer who knows what you want and can help you expedite your divorce without making the experience pricey.
Each divorce is different, but the process to get there doesn’t change. Call Cairns Law Office today to find out how we can save you money on your Pennsylvania divorce filing. Ask us about our $219 no-fault divorce! Call us today at (888) 863-9115 to schedule a consultation or to request more information.