Save Money in Your Divorce by Acting Reasonably
If you’ve spent any time investigating the possibility of a divorce, you are probably well aware that it is not cheap. Even an uncontested divorce can result in thousands of dollars of legal fees.
This is just one of the many reasons why it is in the best interests of both you and your spouse to be as reasonable and cordial with each other as possible during the divorce process. The more contentious a divorce becomes, the more likely it is to get drawn out and go through litigation, which will result in exponential increases in your legal fees.
Avoiding contested, contentious divorces
If you can work with your spouse to negotiate the terms of your divorce, or even just agree on some of the most important issues, you stand to save a significant amount of time and money. It can still help to retain an attorney to make sure you’re covering everything you need to in your divorce negotiations and that the negotiations are fair to you, but not every issue needs to become a big legal battle.
You should also both strive to be as honest as possible in your dealings with each other. Attempting to conceal assets will very frequently fail, and will kill any trust your spouse has in you to the point where litigation is much more likely, meaning you’ll be responsible for much greater legal fees. One party’s dishonesty could shatter any chance of effective negotiation.
Finally, mediation is a good middle-ground option to help you work through some of the sticking points of your negotiations with a little more legal guidance, but without the full scope of at trial. You can get a lot accomplished in mediation sessions, and while there is a fee associated with it, it’s still better than going to trial.
For sound legal guidance related to your dissolution of marriage, contact an experienced Long Island divorce lawyer with Bryan L. Salamone & Associates.