Divorce is often a very expensive process. Naturally, many people concern themselves with possible child support and alimony payments. Many worry about division of property as well.
However, it is possible for the actual cost of your divorce process itself to cost tens of thousands of dollars. Fortunately, there are ways to save money on your divorce. According to Debt.org, if you can do some of your own legwork and manage communication with your attorney well, you will save big.
What legwork can I do?
Divorce is a lawsuit, meaning that it is largely a financial process. This means that you will need to have clear records of all assets that you hold jointly in marriage and independently if these exist. Many people spend thousands of dollars in lawyer fees having their attorneys organize their finances.
Of course, your lawyer should do the actual legal work. Nobody is asking you to draft your own legal brief. But it is a good idea to ask your attorney if you can provide things like bank statements on your own if possible.
How can I manage communication well?
Of course, you want to have a good relationship with your lawyer, but it is not a good idea to keep your lawyer on the phone for hours. There are certain matters that are better talked about on the phone, but before you pick up and dial consider if you could send an email instead.
Remember that lawyers charge by the hour. It is natural to want emotional support through this process, but family and friends are usually a better choice then the lawyer if you want to save money.