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Save Money during Divorce

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California mediation lawyer, California divorce attorneyIt is no secret that the cost of divorce is not cheap. When you and your ex both need to set up separate living arrangements, complete with full pantries and furniture, it is strategic to cut costs where possible. Many protocols during divorce are optional and are the most useful during complicated separations. These extraneous measures are not always necessary for straightforward cases where both parties are amicable and willing to negotiate. If you are interested in reducing the financial burden of your divorce, we have a few helpful tips to consider.

Discuss Billing with Your Attorney

Explain your financial concerns with your divorce lawyer. Ask questions about billing arrangements. The majority of lawyers rely on an hourly charging schedule. Collect your thoughts and write down your questions before making communication if this is your agreement.

Accurately Report All Income and Assets

That relatively smaller account that does not get much use has the potential to be overlooked. However, it is likely that your spouse did not forget its existence. Each time the assets are misrepresented, be it intentional or unintentional, a judge has the ability to assess fines and penalties for the oversight.

Consider Divorce Mediation

Divorce mediation has grown in popularity throughout the last few years. Divorcing couples desperately wanted an alternative to the rising costs and tensions plaguing divorce litigation. The mediation alternative emerged as a front runner by cutting out the need for a court date with a judge and allowing both parties to decide together the solutions that work best for the situation. Mediation is a wonderful option, offering lower costs as one of the main benefits. Other advantages of mediation include:

  • Clients retain power,
  • Cost effective,
  • Time efficient,
  • Less emotional scarring, and
  • Preserve confidentiality.

Choose Your Battles

How much do you need that spoon? If the silverware set is a family heirloom from either side, perhaps that person has emotional ties and the fight is more about hurt feelings than the item itself. Do a quick self-check to determine the actual necessity of each asset. Especially in hourly paying arrangements, remember the time spent arguing over each item can also increase legal fees.

Find an Attorney

Do your research on your attorney. Look for someone who has your best interest at heart and strives to create the best possible outcome for you or your family. Benita Ventresca has over 35 years of experience helping clients just like you with their family law difficulties in the Los Gatos area. She is acclaimed for her attention to details of each case in addition to advocacy for her clients and emphasis on communication. If you are interested in discussing your situation with a Los Gatos, CA divorce attorney, contact the Law Offices of Benita Ventresca at 408-395-8822 to set up your complimentary initial consultation with a lawyer who cares.

 

Sources:

http://www.courts.ca.gov/1225.htm

http://www.courts.ca.gov/17975.htm

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