Did you ever hear the expression, “the lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client?” Divorce is one of those events when you really should hire a lawyer rather than try to do-it-yourself. You can’t possibly be objective in what is probably the most emotional legal battle you will ever face. However, if you believe you can file a “no-fault” divorce and you meet your state residential requirements, you may want to consider some of the comparatively inexpensive documents that are available on-line.
Most divorce attorneys charge you based on the amount of time they spend on your case. Breaking up a marriage stirs up many feelings of anger and sadness, so it’s natural to want to talk to your lawyer about it. Just remember, you may be on the clock while you shout obscenities about your soon-to-be ex-spouse, or wonder out loud where it all went so wrong.
Always keep in mind that your divorce lawyer is your hired gun, not your friend or your therapist. As much as humanly possible, save your emotional talks for your pals (who generally listen for free, or maybe for a round or three of drinks) or a counselor, who probably charges a lot less than your divorce attorney does.
Divorce and custody proceedings can be very expensive. One apt description is to imagine that you and your spouse sell all your assets for cash, then race to the top of a tall building to see who can throw the most money out of the window fastest.
The key to keeping your legal costs down in a divorce and/or custody battle is doing your homework and being organized. Divorce laws vary widely in every state, so your lawyer will tell you specifically what information or documents she needs. Generally, you need to provide lists of your assets and liabilities. Be prepared with the following information, for you and your spouse:
If you present your lawyer with organized information, it will cut down the amount of time (translation: money) he has to spend asking questions and wading through piles of paper. Your money is better spent getting his advice on how to get the best and quickest settlement possible under the law of your state, rather than adding up numbers or listening while you provide personal information that is not, strictly speaking, relevant to your case.
Courtesy of our manager at inexpensivelawyer.com