It is no secret that divorce can be very expensive. However, the mistake that people make is only focusing on expenses like alimony or child support payments. The actual legal process of divorce itself can end up costing tens of thousands of dollars and some instances.
However, there are some things that you can do to make your divorce more affordable. According to Debt.com, if you do some of the heavy lifting for your divorce yourself and communicate effectively with your lawyer you will save money.
Should my lawyer not be doing the work?
Of course, your divorce lawyer should be in charge of anything directly having to do with the law. However, divorce is very similar to other lawsuits in that it is a financial endeavor. That is, your lawyer is going to need information about your finances, including bank statements, investment portfolios, and more.
Whenever possible, offer to do this type of research work for your lawyer. Lawyers typically charge using a billable hours system, so the less time the lawyer spends on your case, the cheaper the case becomes.
What about communication?
Divorce is financial, but it is also emotional. It is not unusual to require extra support at this time. However, you should seek this support from trusted friends, family, and licensed counselors. It is not a wise financial decision to call your lawyer and start complaining about the craven nature of your ex-spouse. This will end up being very expensive.
While some things will indeed be more efficient over the phone, it is generally best to communicate through email if possible.