Getting involved with the law can be expensive, and divorce is no exception. It shocks many Americans to learn that the process of divorce can potentially run over tens of thousands of dollars. Many people fixate on child support and alimony, but the actual legal process of divorce can end up being extremely pricey.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to lower this cost. You should try and do as much of the work as you can on your own as is possible, and carefully monitor your communications with your attorney if you want to save money on your divorce.
DIY to save
Of course, if you are engaging in a trial divorce your attorney should be handling everything having to do with the law. However, keep in mind that divorce is financial at its heart, which means that your attorney is going to need a lot of paperwork to ensure that he or she understands your marital assets.
You will save a lot of money if you compile this information for your attorney as compared to paying for your attorney to do the research him or herself. While you might not be able to write a legal brief, it is likely you can fetch your own tax forms.
Divorce is financial, but it is also emotional. It is likely you will need robust emotional support during this time from licensed professionals or close friends and family. However, it is a mistake to keep your attorney on the phone for hours while venting about your ex-spouse. Every time you pick up the phone to call your divorce attorney, stop and ask yourself if you could send an email instead.