There’s no doubt about it — divorce can be expensive. However, there are some ways that you can mitigate these costs and keep your divorce as economical as possible. Here’s how.
1. Consider Mediation
The cost of going to court is astronomical for many couples. Even if you and your spouse don’t agree on some of the issues in your divorce, you may still be able to go through mediation, which is significantly less costly and time consuming than taking your divorce through the Florida court system. Mediation involves you, your spouse, and a neutral third party. Your attorneys are usually also involved. You will be able to discuss issues and come to an agreement. Once you are in agreement, your mediator will file formal documentation with the court to ensure that everything you agreed upon is legal and binding.
2. Talk Through Child Custody Issues
If you and your spouse are at odds about child custody, consider what you can do to come to a compromise. Lengthy child custody issues can be expensive, especially when a guardian ad litem is necessary. Counselors, home visits, and other professional services can quickly drive up the overall cost of a divorce. Instead, think about how you and your spouse can work through your child custody issues together. You may need to make compromises, but ultimately, doing what is in the best interest of your children is of the utmost importance.
3. Contact the Right Attorney
How your attorney proceeds with your divorce can have a big influence on how much your divorce costs in total, despite their hourly cost or retainer fee. If your attorney focuses more on litigation, each aspect of your divorce can become more drawn out and more expensive. However, an attorney focused on an amicable resolution outside of the courtroom can guide you through a divorce that is shorter and less expensive. When choosing your divorce lawyer, it is important to ask about how they plan to proceed with your divorce and ensure that their ideals closely match your own goals for your unique situation.
Mindi Lasley, P.A., is an experienced divorce attorney who can guide you through the process of a divorce, no matter how complex, step by step. Contact Attorney Lasley today to learn more about your legal options and how you can keep your divorce as economical as possible by calling (813) 873-9047.