In my last post I shared some ways to help you keep your legal costs down in a divorce. Here are a few more tips.
- Do your homework. Your legal action is a joint endeavor between you and your lawyer. You will be asked to document your income, property, and debts. The more information – and the more organized information – you give your lawyer, the less of the lawyer’s time is needed to understand and use it.
- Be truthful. Both parties to a divorce action have a legal duty to provide complete and accurate information about income, property, and debts. Give your lawyer complete and accurate information early in the process. This will save your lawyer’s time now and will avoid the time and complexity of correcting misinformation later. It will also keep you in good standing with the judge – you don’t want to appear to have been untruthful in one instance and raise the doubt that you are generally untruthful, perhaps turning the judge against you.
- Don’t waste time and money trying to punish your spouse. You may want to punish your spouse via the divorce. You can probably find a lawyer who is willing to spend his or her time and your money trying to help you do that. But in the end the court will be looking for a fair financial settlement and a parenting plan that is in the best interests of the children, not retribution against either party. So if you spend your money trying to punish your spouse, the only punishment you will receive will be loss of financial resources – your spouse’s and your own.
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