Some (Perhaps Unexpected) Ways to Reduce Legal Fees in a Divorce
When you’re going through a divorce, it’s easy to feel like you’ve lost control of the costs involved. It’s true, lawyers’ fees and related expenses can accumulate quickly, but no matter what circumstances led to your breakup, there are steps you can take to ease the financial bite.
Taking a little time and making a few sensible choices about the handling of your divorce can help you reduce your attorneys’ bills. For example:
- Consider mediating instead of litigating — Going to court to resolve divorce terms is a demanding, costly endeavor, especially in New York. Even when you’re prepared for significant expense, there’s no way to predict how many procedural issues will be disputed or how long the case will run. An experienced divorce mediator can quickly identify areas of agreement, work to reach consensus and clearly lay out the fees associated with the process.
- Understand what a lawyer can and cannot do — Going through a divorce can be very trying emotionally. Spouses who feel they’ve been wronged by their partners often have a lot of hurt and anger to get off their chests. Remember that there are professional therapists and others who can assist with these matters. Keep your conversations with your lawyer focused on achieving the best possible legal result. You will benefit from your lawyer’s time being devoted to the areas where he or she can help most.
- Come prepared — Before your first conversation with your attorney, gather the personal and financial information you believe is related to your case. You can cut out a step by having what you need upfront rather than going through one session where the attorney tells you what to bring and then waiting until the next time for the actual review to start. As questions arise between meetings, note them and then ask them at once during your scheduled appointment instead of contacting the attorney numerous times. You may be able to avoid numerous billable events.
The outcome of your divorce should propel you into a positive new chapter of your life, but that might not be possible if you’re struggling with debt. Once you choose to end your marriage, it’s wise to assess your financial situation honestly and determine what portion of your budget should go to legal fees.
Solutions Divorce Mediation is committed to resolving Long Island divorces in a professional, cost-efficient manner. To schedule a free initial consultation regarding our services, please call 1.631.683.8172 or contact us online. Our experienced New York mediators are based in Melville.