Cheap Divorce in the USA


  • Author Berna Lee
  • Published November 25, 2009
  • Word count 512

One of the paradoxes today is that weddings can be pretty expensive but divorces can cost even more. The obvious cost saving tip then is to not get divorced – ever. Sadly many couples do separate and then end their marriage. So this article sets out to explain how you can save money if you are getting divorced.

The first and major point is the issue of contesting. If you and your spouse can’t agree on who gets what be it the house, car, kids or whatever, then your divorce bill just started to rise. Lawyers cost and top lawyers who deal solely in divorce cases charge even more. Aim for an uncontested divorce.

Even if there is little communication between you and your spouse, there are ways to get divorced on the cheap. You can reach agreement with your spouse by using a mediator. This could be a professional mediator or someone respected and accepted by both parties. This individual of course will never take sides.

It is their job to help the divorcing couple agree on who gets what. Of course if you can agree, then the divorce judge is highly likely to agree to your agreement.

If you want to save on your divorce then choosing an online option is a pretty good idea. There are two companies which deal exclusively with internet divorce. They have helped huge numbers of couples with their divorce and can do so for you too.

Try Legal Zoom and Complete Case. Both companies have an excellent reputation and can save you a significant amount of money. And being an online business means there is little if any travel or face to face interviews and this is a real time and money saver.

Of course some people, and you may be one, only feel secure if they have a trained professional in their corner, someone they can visit and who takes control of their case. But lawyers, and especially good ones, do not come cheap.

Maybe a middle ground is that you can do the leg work for your divorce, you can reach an agreement with your spouse but then hire a lawyer. You do this to have the proposed agreement checked out. You won’t pay as much as someone who has their lawyer do everything but you will get expert advice at the business-end of the divorce. A good lawyer will be able to see if you have agreed to something which may hurt you down the track. Or, just as importantly, if you have left out something which is to your disadvantage.

Some people have a pre-nuptial agreement and if you haven’t, you haven’t. But those with a pre-nup now need to make sure it’s worth a lot more than the paper on which it is printed.

In going through your divorce, remember to keep open the lines of communication at all times. Even if you have to use an intermediary, talking to your spouse gives you the best chance to reach an agreement and thus save money.

Berna Abonita is a writer offering free advice and resources on cheap divorce lawyers and cheap divorces. Visit the website for more free separation and divorce advice.

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