5 Top Tips to Control the Cost of Divorce
When you are thinking about, or proceeding with a divorce, it can be an emotional and distressing time for many. More often than not, the expense involved in the divorce can contribute to a lot of the stress, particularly if you are unsure about how much it will cost.
You may need to discuss grounds for divorce, civil partnerships and mediation, or even consider collaborative law. Whatever your circumstances are, our expert Family Law Team can guide you on your options and have compiled their top 5 tips to control your cost of divorce below;
1. Talk To Your Spouse!
Yes. Really. If you can find a way to talk to your spouse and come to agreement over certain things, the less you will have to pay your solicitor to sort out every minor detail. If you have discussed your case with your solicitor, then you will know your options and can have a productive discussion with your spouse. Obviously, you do not wish to put yourself in harm’s way but even agreeing on small items can reduce your costs.
2. Get Organized
There are many documents that you will be required to produce during your divorce; however, don’t give them to your solicitor bit by bit or make your solicitor ask repeatedly for documents.
Organize all of your files, folders and papers. One good way of doing this is organising your documents by account type and ensuring they are all labelled correctly (retirement, bank accounts, personal property, credit cards etc).
Delivering the documents in a timely, organized manner will save you big expenses.
3. Choose Your Battles
Divorces can very a long and drawn out process, and these are usually the result of spouses who insist on fighting over every little detail, many of which are not all that important to their ultimate end goal.
Of course, there will always be certain aspects you will want to fight for, but you can save a tremendous amount of time, energy, and money by being more flexible regarding the things that do not matter as much.
4. Avoid Continuously Dropping in
Avoid dropping in to see your solicitor without an appointment; it is far more cost effective to make a proper appointment, which can be prepared for by the solicitor handling your case. Additionally, avoid calling your solicitor with lots of small queries – ideally, aim to deal with several matters in a single communication as you will get charged for these.
5. Respond Promptly
Your solicitor will need a substantial amount of information during the divorce proceedings. Please respond promptly to any questions or requests for information you receive from them; this will not only assist in providing a better service, but will mean that you will not be charged for sending unnecessary reminder letters.
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