People are rarely fully prepared for the reality of a divorce. Most people try to make the marriage work somehow, by improving communication or seeing a marriage counselor. However, not all relationships are reparable. If you and your spouse decide to divorce, there are a few considerations to make before you even begin filing. Divorce is expensive, so doing the following can help you cut the overall costs of the process.
Choosing the Right Lawyer
While you could hire a top-quality lawyer to represent you in a divorce, an attorney may not even be necessary depending on your circumstances. For example, if you have no kids, separate financial accounts, and are renting an apartment, you might just be able to agree on a few things before filing an uncontested divorce. Usually, more complicated cases require the presence of a lawyer, either for litigation or for mediation. Alternative dispute resolution techniques, such as negotiation or mediation, is often much cheaper than going to court. Find an attorney who is experienced in mediation and who can fit both of your budgets.
The one thing that can make the process go much faster and, therefore, save you money is trying to agree with each other. If you and your spouse can agree on most divorce related subjects—spousal support, child support, child custody, property division, and so on—the entire divorce will take a much shorter amount of time. Some attorneys are paid by the hour, so the more you drag out the divorce, the more expensive the overall bill will be.
Report All Income Accurately
Not all people try to hide assets, but those who do might find that, by doing so, they risk taking on severe fines and penalties if the judge finds out what they are doing. Reputable attorneys will not advise people to conceal information and hide assets. By being honest in your financial report, you will be better off in the long run.
Close All Joint Credit Card Accounts
When you know the divorce is imminent, you should close all shared credit card accounts immediately. If there are any balances, transfer them to new credit cards in either spouse’s name based on who spent what. These debts can haunt you after the divorce if you’re not careful.
If you need help with your divorce, don’t hesitate to give our skilled Atlanta low-cost divorce attorneys a call. Family issues can be incredibly complicated and stressful. Let us see how we can help you and your family through this difficult time.
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