Many people underestimate the expenses involved with divorce. Of course, most people have heard of child support and potential alimony expenses, but these are not the only costs associated with the process. In fact, these costs do not appear until after you finalize the divorce.
The actual divorce process itself has the potential to cost tens of thousands of dollars, depending on the situation. Fortunately, there are some ways to save money on your divorce. According to MarketWatch, choosing mediation can save a lot of money, as well as paying careful attention to the ways that you contact your divorce attorney.
How does mediation save money?
Put simply, if you choose a mediated divorce rather than a litigated divorce, you will have fewer professionals involved in the divorce. Mediation involves a neutral mediator discussing the divorce situation and helping you and your ex-spouse come to agreements on various matters.
If you choose to take your divorce to trial, you will have to hire your own lawyer and so will your ex-spouse. You will also likely be dealing with judges, paralegals, legal aides, and more. This naturally will drive up the cost of the process.
How can communication with my attorney help?
Most attorneys work on a billable hours system. That is, the more time that your case takes up, the more money you will spend. Before you pick up the phone to call your lawyer, take the time to think about whether or not you could send an email instead.
Of course, there are certain matters that are better discussed over the phone. But it is important to be judicial about how you use your attorney’s time.