How to Avoid A Messy and Costly Divorce

by resconflict on March 6, 2018

How to Avoid A Messy and Costly Divorce - Resolve Conflict Family LawyersThe best way to avoid a messy and costly divorce often comes down to the divorcing spouses. If each party is able to do their part the divorce process can often been relatively smooth, with a positive outcome for both sides, whilst also reducing potential costs and the duration.

Top tips to avoid a messy and costly divorce;

GET ORGANISED

“Having all your personal and financial information accounted for and organised will save you time and money. Provide it to your lawyer all at once rather than on multiple occasions to save billing time. It will also help you start to feel in control.”[1]

TELL THE TRUTH

Honesty is always the best policy. It is a must that your lawyer is fully aware of your financial matters, or you may find yourself being penalised by the courts or worse your spouse delving into your affairs that could draw out the legal proceedings, making the process lengthy and costly to both parties.

TRY TO SETTLE OUT OF COURT

“It saves you time and money if you can reach agreement without going to court. You also know exactly what each of you will get, whereas, by going to court, there is uncertainty waiting for a judicial officer to decide for you. Additionally, long court proceedings can increase stress and add to the pressure that you and your family are under.”[2]

Related Article: Divorcing Peacefully

TAKE THE HIGH ROAD

Though divorce can be extremely emotive, try not to become personal or critical of your spouse and say or write something you may later regret. Remember that divorce is a process not a fight.

GET THE RIGHT REPRESENTATION

It’s important to seek out a lawyer that suits you and is able to guide you through the process. Your lawyer should be able to advise you on all thing you need to organise prior to each consultation the reduce the amount of time consulting and corresponding in order to lower your legal bills.

 

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[1] Naziri J 2012, 10 Tips to Avoid A Costly Divorce, CNBC, 8 May, viewed 6 March 2018, https://www.cnbc.com/2012/05/09/10-Tips-to-Avoid-a-Costly-Divorce.html?slide=1

[2] If you agree about property and finance, Family Court Of Australia, 3 May 2016, viewed 6 March 2018, http://www.familycourt.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/fcoaweb/family-law-matters/property-and-finance/if-you-agree-about-property-and-money/

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