Divorce is usually a process that brings at least some degree of challenge with it. Yet, in spite of this, there are things you can do in order to make the process easier on yourself, your children, and your wallet.
By doing these 3 things, you can save yourself thousands and thousands of dollars on your divorce.
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Whatever the specifics of your divorce are, you can save yourself thousands of dollars if you are able to agree on the details. A contested divorce will frequently cost from $5,000 to $10,000—and that’s for each side.
In contrast, I usually charge under $1,000 for an uncontested divorce without minor children, and the other spouse doesn’t even have to pay for an attorney. As you can see, sometimes it pays to agree to disagree.
2. Decide how important “being right” is to you.
As a Kansas divorce lawyer, I have worked with couples who were divorcing, and who had agreed to get an uncontested divorce in order to save money on lawyers. Then, one or the other of them would get angry at their spouse and insist on having their way on a relatively minor matter. Time after time, I have seen the uncontested divorce turn into a contested matter, and both parties end up spending way more money than they need to.
It’s one thing to believe you are right. It’s another thing to insist that your spouse agree that you are right. Sometimes it just makes sense to hold your pride in check in order to save yourself thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees.
3. Decide if you can give a little to gain a lot.
Sometimes your spouse might insist on getting something you don’t think he or she should have. For example, maybe you brought a $1,500 couch into the marriage, and now your spouse insists on getting it in the divorce. While this may not seem fair to you, consider the bigger picture: by giving up a $1,500 couch and keeping the divorce uncontested, you can save yourself much more than that on attorney’s fees. Plus, you may be able to use the couch as leverage to get something else you really want.
Keep in mind that dividing property is a business arrangement, and sometimes it’s smart to give up something you don’t really have to: you’ll end up coming out ahead in the long run.
My name is Randall Wharton, and I do uncontested Kansas divorces. What’s more, I firmly believe you won’t find a better price from any other lawyer—so much so that I have a lowest fee guarantee.
Contact me for help today.