Minimizing The Legal Costs Of Your Divorce
People enter divorce thinking that it is a given that the process will be expensive. This is sometimes true. The very facts of your case may make the divorce process costly, such as if you are ordered to pay child support or alimony. However, legal fees also add to the cost of divorce. While everyone should work with an Orlando divorce lawyer when going through a divorce to ensure their rights are protected, doing so comes at a cost. As such, if you are going through a divorce, it is important to know how to minimize the legal cost of the process.
Call and Email Only when Necessary
If you have chosen the right divorce attorney, they will update you about your case whenever there is a change of status. This may include receiving your spouse’s response, when a court hearing is scheduled, and more. You may want to call or email your lawyer to get an update but keep in mind that doing so will probably cost you. Most lawyers will bill you for time they spent on an email or a phone call with you.
You will have a lot of questions during the divorce process, and you do deserve to have them answered. Instead of calling or emailing your lawyer every time you have one, write them down and address them all with your lawyer at once. Doing so will save you some expense in the end.
Provide Information as Soon as Possible
It is important to gather all the documents you will need during the divorce as early on in the process as possible. Your attorney will need copies of your bank statements, life insurance policies, retirement account information, and more. If you do not have these at the time your lawyer asks for them, or they have to chase you down to get the information, they will charge for it and it will make your divorce more expensive.
Also, unless otherwise specified, only provide copies of important documents and not the originals. If you have to contact the attorney to get your tax returns back, they may charge you for the phone call and for sending them back.
Try to Settle During Mediation
In Florida, mediation during the divorce process is not only encouraged, it is mandatory. Many lawyers will charge different fees for settling your case out of court than they will if your case goes to trial, and the latter is always more expensive. In addition to increased attorney’s fees, you will also incur court costs and other legal fees you would not have otherwise. Give mediation a real shot and try to settle your case during this phase, which could save you thousands in the end.
Call Our Divorce Lawyers in Orlando Today
If you are considering divorce, our Orlando family lawyers at O’Mara Law Group can provide the sound legal advice you need. We can advise on all aspects of your case, and will negotiate effectively with the other side to bring your case to a resolution as quickly as possible. Call us today at 407-634-6604 or contact us online to schedule a consultation so we can review your case.