Most people can’t really understand why divorce is so expensive until they’ve gone through it. There are many unforeseen expenses related to a separation or divorce that can hit you by surprise. The end of a marriage can cost a few thousand dollars or a few hundred thousand dollars… so be careful. Here are a few tips from Divorce Coach Cathy Meyer:
1. The amount of conflict will affect the divorce. It may seem obvious, but most people seem to forget when tensions are high that the less you are disagreeing with your spouse, the cheaper the divorce will be. A high level of conflict means a low level of communication and trust. The longer attorneys and judges need to be involved, the more you’ll pay. Try to agree, or agree to disagree without turning it into World War III.
2. Where you live will affect the cost. Luckily, living in Orange County (or anywhere in California), there is no specific statutory requirements for waiting periods prior to filing for divorce. In some states, couples need to live through a period of separation, where they may need to pay for two dwellings. Property in Orange County is expensive, but at least you can file for divorce and complete the process without the waiting/separation period.
3. What type of divorce will affect the cost? An uncontested divorce with no conflict or assets can be fairly cheap. Don’t create arguments or conflict because you’re upset. Keep it as simple as it can be to save money.
4. The complexity of your affairs will affect how much you pay. Eliminating child custody issues and assets can keep the cost down. Make sure to hire an attorney that is interested in getting you out of the divorce process as quickly as possible, not an attorney that wants to further the conflict to make more money.
5. Your emotions can affect your wallet. Staying in control and not letting your emotions take control is the only way to handle major divorce decisions that will affect your financial well-being. Have self-control, self-respect and patience.