3 Ways to Save $$ on your Divorce
Deciding to divorce is not easy, it's an emotional time, add to that the expense of divorcing and it is sure to cause a huge of amount of stress. However, if you and your spouse are amicable, you may be albe to save thousands of dollars. See my top 3 tips to save yourself some dough.
1. DIY Divorce: Many people think that they need to hire an attorney for a divorce, but consider a legal document assistant. If you and your spouse are both agreeable to the divorce and the terms (custody, visitation, spousal support, property division) then using a legal document assistant could be a cost effective option. However, if you are having a hard time agreeing to terms and there is animosity, domestic abuse, or custody issues, you may be better off hiring an attorney.
2. Save Filing Fees: As long as you both agree you can save $435.00 if your spouse does not file a response to the Petition. It is only necessary for one of you (the Petitioner) to pay $435.00 to file the initial case documents. This will start your case in court, however, it is not necessary for the Respondent to file and serve a response and pay an additional $435.00. You can still get a divorce with an agreement, both of you will have to sign and notarize your signatures on the agreement or judgment documents, but that is much better than paying $435.00.
3. Save Process Service Fees and Feelings: Since you and your spouse both agree and are working together to finalize the divorce, have the Petition served by mail. Many legal document assistants have no problem mailing the Petition to the Respondence with a Notice of Ackowledgment of Receipt. All your spouse has to do is sign and date the bottom and service is done. Your LDA can file this with the Court and the six months can begin. Lets face it, nobody likes to be served.
There you have 3 excellent ideas to save a ton of money on your divorce. Attorneys can cost thousands of dollars, double filing fees are no fun, and serving your spouse is costly and can be interpreted as adversarial.
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This article should not be considered legal advice. If you need legal advice, please contact an attorney in your area.
Non-Attorney Disclosure: I am not an attorney, I can only provide self-help services at your specific direction.