How to Save On the Cost of A Divorce
average cost of a divorce can range from between $1500
for an uncontested divorce to over $15,000 for a contested
divorce. If you are like most people, you want to end
your marriage as cost-effectively as possible. In the
article below, you can learn some ways to save on the
cost of a divorce.
need to prepare for our divorces at least as much as we
planned our weddings. That's right, just as you planned
your gown, cake, caterer, church and honeymoon, you need
to make a roadmap for your divorce. If you don't you will
get lost and it will cost you to find your way home. The
purpose of this article is to let you in on all the possible
ways to pay for a lawyer. Just knowing these different
formats will help you decide which way to go.
The first, and best in my opinion, is to pay your lawyer
a flat fee for handling your divorce from start to finish.
This method is the only way to guarantee how much you
will pay your lawyer. The key of course is setting the
amount of the flat fee.
suggest that for every one of the following contested
issues, that you be willing to pay a $1000 flat fee: Child
Custody, Child Support, Maintenance, Division of Property,
and Division of a Retirement Account. Therefore, if you
will not be able to agree with your spouse on all five
(5) issues, a good flat fee would be $5000; if you just
have one contested issue, $1000. If you are lucky enough
to have no contested issues, $1000 or less is appropriate.
The second, and by far more complicated is paying a lawyer
by the amount of time he/she spends on your case. This
is by far the most utilized arrangement because it is
often uncertain how much time it will take to see a divorce
case to resolution.
would first try to negotiate a flat fee as described above,
but if that is not possible, try to negotiate the lowest
hourly rate possible. Don't be afraid to haggle. Let the
lawyer know that you have shopped around and have found
lower hourly rates.
Second, negotiate a lower retainer.
Third, examine each and every bill you receive closely.
Call the lawyer with any discrepancy that you find.
Fourth, insist that any major work be first met with your
These distinctions should give you some leg up when it
comes to a final tally of your bill.