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Controlling the Cost of Your Divorce

Controlling the Cost of Your Divorce

If you are facing a divorce, you naturally want to keep the cost down. While this is perfectly understandable, it is important to recognize that you also want to get your divorce right. The decisions made in your divorce will have serious consequences for you and your children, so moving forward with purpose and with an eye toward controlling your legal expenses is always the best path forward.

The Traditional Divorce Process

Many divorcing couples believe that every aspect of a divorce must proceed through the machinations of divorce lawyers and the courts, but this simply is not the case. While the vast majority of divorces are not finalized via litigation, many divorces do involve formal information exchanges, depositions, lengthy mediations, and more. In other words, even divorces that settle before going to court can spiral out of control in terms of financial outlay – or simply cost more than is strictly necessary.

Taking Control of Your Divorce

The fact is that before your divorce can be finalized, you and your divorcing spouse must sign off on terms related to all of the four major components of divorce that apply, including:

  • Child custody arrangements

  • Division of marital property

  • Child support

  • Spousal support

If you cannot negotiate terms that you can both agree to, the court will intervene on your behalf. You and your spouse can, however, take matters into your own hands and proactively attempt to find common ground on all of these matters. Even if you make inroads in one or more of these elements, you will have made progress and be ahead of the game moving forward.

From here, you can work with your respective divorce attorneys to begin more formal negotiations and can move on to working with a mediator if you find that you need the additional guidance.

Looking at the Big Picture

When you look at your divorce as a whole, it is important to recognize that you will very likely settle before going to trial and that this is generally best for all involved. Keeping this fact in the forefront may help you both become more amenable to making important compromises in your negotiations – compromises that allow you to save money in the long run and that allow you to retain control over making important decisions in your divorce. It is also important, however, not to settle simply to be done with the matter. Working closely with your experienced divorce attorney will help ensure that you recognize the difference between compromise and sacrifice as it relates to the terms of your divorce.

An Experienced Killeen Divorce Lawyer Can Help

Even a divorce that begins amicably enough can become very heated very quickly. Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Killeen, Texas, is a formidable divorce attorney who is committed to helping you obtain divorce terms that work for you and are achieved within the most collaborative process possible. We are here to help, so please contact or call us at 254-501-4040 for more information today.