When a married Texas couple decides they no longer wish to be married, they will most likely head to divorce. There are many different types of divorces. Some are complicated and contested. These separations often result in expensive legal fees and years of arguments. However, there are alternatives for those who wish to spend less money when separating their finances and assets.
Many couples believe that their attorneys call the shots when it comes to the divorce process. However, the ultimate cost of the divorce will actually depend on whether or not the ex-couple can amicably come to an agreement and communicate with each other. Not only can working together cost the ex-couple less in legal fees, but the divorce can also be finalized much more quickly.
Part of the reason many ex-couples spend so much on their divorce is because they get caught up in minor parenting and financial issues. Attorneys charge by the hour, meaning it can be costly when those attorneys are used as a go-between to argue over minor parenting costs and insignificant custody issues, such as the exact pickup time from a child’s extracurricular activities. If ex-couples can work out these minor issues themselves, they will both walk away with more than if they can’t.
While many ex-couples can agree to work together during a divorce, some cannot. If an ex-spouse is seeking spousal support or child support and cannot get their ex-partner to cooperate, an attorney may assist their client with negotiating a settlement that works for them. If the ex-couple can work together to settle their divorce amicably, the attorney can assist with finalizing negotiations as quickly as possible while making sure their client can understand and accept the final outcome.
Source: Today, “How to get divorced without breaking the bank,” Susan Caminiti, Feb. 9, 2015