Tips on Reducing Attorney Fees during Divorce.
While getting married to someone that at the time seemed to be the best possible partner one could wish for is a superb feeling, the feeling in some circumstances often begins to wither away and eventually die off. In some cases, the couple that were once each other’s light would eventually look at each other with disdain, irritation and hate. Some however continue to patch the relationship, not because they believe that they might find love with each other anew or because of the children. They sometimes solely continue because dissolution of marriage is often believed to be expensive.
However, this is not entirely the truth. Divorce or dissolution of marriage does not have to be necessarily expensive. Although that depends on you and your partner reaching an agreement to end the relationship amicably as adults that you are. If you both find it in your heart to cooperate one last time, you can have the marriage dissolved by a not so expensive process like mediation, arbitration and the likes. They are quite affordable and reach decisions quickly making it less time-consuming. But it is not always possible to have couples be this rational when it comes to divorce, after all, the hate is already there in some cases and they revert to the litigation means.
Arbitration and mediation as earlier mentioned are both very amicable ways to dissolve a marriage. On the other hand, litigation is like war where both parties have to be represented by gladiators in the arena. They have to fight it out in the court of law by their respective expensive attorneys. The matter then drags on for months unending, years even, to dissolve a relationship a marriage official joined in minutes. These long months result in more and more legal fees that have to be paid.
Truthfully, both methods will involve an attorney, which means paying their fees (although as mentioned, litigation incurs more cost). So, it is best to know ways with which you can get the best out of the situation and make your every dollar count. And how can this be achieved?
Get the Perfect Lawyer
Most times, how smoothly a case goes and whether or not you might win depends on the lawyer you have as your counsel. As such, you must ensure to find a very efficient attorney to serve as your counsel in the case. He must be reliable and someone you can be comfortable with when the time to divulge information arises. Take your time, have a proper research on all of your available options. You are not the first to go through a divorce, and it is unlikely that you will be the last to. Talk to those that have been through it, get referrals from them.
Once you have gotten a lawyer, it is pertinent that you be well organized and try as much as you can to keep it together for the next few months.
The Things you must do
To make the whole journey smoother and less stressful for you and your lawyer (most especially you), make sure you try your best possible to make available all the needed documents in the coming proceedings. Financial statements, tax returns, assets and the likes are all the documents to be used in the battle that approaches. Make sure all of the information in these documents are correct and updated.
Prepare yourself because as the case goes on, you will eventually begin to go down memory lane. Emotions can be all over the place but with enough preparation, you might be able to put a lid on it. You must also take cognizance of notable dates and events in your marital life, dates involving money and/or financial transactions. They will most definitely come in handy.
Before the lawyer starts gathering evidence, that is after consultation, make sure that a fee has been agreed and concluded upon and try to keep abreast of all the stages as it goes on to keep tabs on possible add-ons.