If you and your spouse have agreed to obtain a divorce, then you should try to work together to save money on legal bills during the process. By working together on this one last action of your marriage, both you and your spouse will walk away from the process much happier and in a better financial situation.
Here are three strategies you can use to save time, money, and frustration during your divorce:
Strategy #1: Use One Attorney to Represent Both Parties
Spending one hour with one attorney is always going to be cheaper than you and your spouse each spending an hour with separate attorneys. When you multiply all of the hours necessary to file and complete your divorce proceedings, the costs are double for using two attorneys.
If you and your spouse can come to an agreement about any property, alimony, and child support by yourselves, then you can use one attorney to represent both of you during this process to save a significant amount of money.
Strategy #2: Use Two Attorneys Who Frequently Work Together
If you and your spouse feel more comfortable using your own attorneys, then you should try to retain two lawyers who frequently work together and are located in the same geographical area. Lawyers who speak to each other every week will have lower costs where it comes to failed communication attempts such as playing phone tag. Additionally, there will be significant cost savings for travel to court and meetings.
Strategy #3: Provide Your Attorney With Completed Paperwork
All of the necessary forms that need to be submitted to the court during your divorce process are available both online and from your local family court's administrative office. To save the time required for your attorney to gather and complete all of the information for your case, you should obtain a copy of the blank forms and have them pre-filled out when you visit your attorney. This will allow your attorney to make simple changes and then have the final forms typed up by a secretary in their office. This saves time at your meeting that results in a lower bill. Additionally, it saves time for the paperwork preparation which also saves you money.
By agreeing to work together on this one last project with your spouse, you can both save yourselves a lot of cash, frustration, and time. If you have additional questions about the divorce process and how you can reduce the associated legal fees, you should speak with a divorce attorney in your local area, such as the Law Office of Kristine A. Michael, P.C.
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