Relying on a lawyer for any type of matter can be costly. This includes divorce, too. Fortunately, there are several steps that you can take to reduce the ultimate financial cost of a divorce. The following will review several strategies that you can utilize to reduce the ultimate expense associated with your divorce.
Collect and Review Documents
A critical part of divorce litigation is reviewing documents like account statements and tax returns. While an attorney is often able to obtain these documents for you, you can save a great deal of time and often cost by collecting these documents on your own. While you are collecting these documents, you should make sure to review monthly bill statements. If there are any errors or transactions of which you do not approve, you should immediately notify your lawyer.
Consider the Possibility of a Settlement
In most cases, the expense to you of coming to a settlement is less than what you would end up facing if a divorce went to a trial. By remaining open to the possibility of a settlement, you can greatly reduce the costs associated with your divorce.
Keep Your Lawyer Up to Date
There are many things that can change as you navigate a divorce. It is important to make sure that your lawyer is kept up to date about any developments in your life. Some of the changes that are worth reporting include changes to employment status and the sale of property. For less urgent information, it is a wise idea to write down these details and to communicate them to your lawyer through the mail, email, or fax.
Maximize Your Time
You should maximize your time with your lawyer in any way possible. First off, realize that it is likely you will have multiple questions for your lawyer. If your question is not urgent, you could consider waiting to call until you have multiple questions to ask. Second, you should become acquainted with your lawyer’s support staff. Even though only a lawyer will be able to give you legal advice, the lawyer’s support staff will likely be able to provide you with details about the status of your case. In the same way that communication with your lawyer will be confidential, communication with the staff will also be kept confidential.
Remember Your Lawyer’s Role
A family law attorney can help with various issues that arise during a divorce. Attorneys, however, are not therapists. You should avoid using your lawyer to vent about your emotions or use as a sounding board for your feelings.
Speak with an Experienced Family Law Attorney
By following the strategies recommended above, you can greatly reduce the cost of your divorce. It can also help to speak with an experienced divorce lawyer sooner rather than later. Contact Vayman & Teitelbaum, P.C. today to schedule a free initial consultation.