No two divorces are alike. This is why when you search on the internet for the average cost of a divorce, you won’t find any good answers. However, anyone can assume that the costs will escalate the longer your case goes on and the more complicated your case becomes. This is even more true if you need to hire experts to testify about issues in your case, a guardian ad litem for your children, or other professionals.
This doesn’t mean the cost of your divorce is completely out of your control. In fact, there are a number of strategies you can control that will help keep costs down. Below, we discuss the top 4 to put you on the right track as you begin, or possibly continue, the divorce process.
Be Realistic About Your Case
Having unrealistic expectations is one of the worst problems you can have in any divorce. It means you’ll spend tens of thousands of dollars arguing about issues you aren’t going to “win” in your case.
When you first file for divorce, you should sit down with your Naperville divorce lawyer and discuss a strategy for your case. Doing so is the best way to avoid getting in the weeds in your divorce and only realizing you were being unrealistic months (or years) after you first went to court.
Learn How to Compromise
This goes hand-in-hand with the first tip. Understanding how to compromise with your spouse is vital and it will define how much you spend on your case. After all, most spouses can settle without the need for a trial if they’re willing to budge on some issues.
This isn’t to say that you can’t disagree about some issues, either. If you have a very specific goal that is still realistic about property division or parenting time, it’s important your lawyer represent your interests.
Don’t Take Everything to Court
It can be tempting to fight out every battle in court. However, most attorneys charge more for court time than they do for non-court time and your bill will reflect this.
There are many alternative dispute resolution strategies at your disposal today, including mediation or collaborative divorce. You may want to explore these options before turning to the traditional, litigation-style divorce.
Find the Right Attorney to Represent Your Interests
Some attorneys will run up your bill unnecessarily because they know they can. Others will charge you more than they should. But at Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd., we believe in an efficient, fair approach to divorce that ensures you only pay what you should for the specific demands of your case.
To learn more about the cost of divorce or to have any questions answered, contact Larry at 630-470-9990 to take advantage of your free, 30-minute consultation. You may also request your appointment using our online form. We look forward to speaking with you and learning more about your case and what you need from us throughout your divorce.