Money Saving Tips an Divorce

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Divorce is generally considered one of the more costly lawsuits you can participate in financially and emotionally. Important decisions must be made throughout your case concerning custody and visitationchild support, spousal supportmedical support, visitation, and property division. These often emotional decisions are not easily resolved, and the financial burden can begin to increase. Following simple rules can help your attorney better prepare for your case and alleviate some of your financial burden.

  1. Have clear goals;
  2. Do not micromanage your case or your lawyer;
  3. Stay focused on the facts, not the feelings;
  4. Have realistic expectations.

Have clear goals:

Filing for divorce in Texas is one of your most important decisions. This decision will affect you emotionally, mentally, legally, and financially. Before you file for divorce (or respond to one filed against you), consult an attorney for a free case evaluation. The attorney can help you plan your legal journey, identify your expectations, and narrow your goals. Once you have developed a game plan, your attorney will be better able to execute your case without unnecessary litigation and expense.

Do not micromanage your case or your lawyer:

When you hire a lawyer you must trust that person to know and understand the law and to fully represent your interest, whether the case is simple or complex. The client needs to be involved in the divorce process; however, clients must be wary of micromanaging their case. This creates more work for the attorney and, inevitably, more stress for the client. Remember that having clear goals helps maintain a smooth relationship between the attorney and client and helps keep costs down.

Stay focused on the facts, not your feelings:

Divorces can be highly emotional, especially when children are involved. You hire a lawyer to remain objective and think clearly through this difficult time. Your lawyer is taking care of immediate legal needs and incorporating plans for your and your children’s future. An increase in cost can be expected when your lawyer has to stop working on your case and allocate time for you to vent emotionally. Try to stick to the facts of your case. It is important to keep your lawyer informed but not treat your lawyer as a therapist. Although your lawyer should identify with you and understand your feelings, lawyers are trained to deal with facts, not emotions.

Have realistic expectations:

Sometimes, a spouse is so hurt and angry that they seek to “punish” the other party. People fight vigorously to keep their child away from their spouse to hurt him or her. This is typically not in the child’s best interest and can be emotionally damaging to your child. However, you should be prepared to defend yourself against the behavior that brought you to divorce (and recognize your shortcomings). But be very careful not to become vindictive and behave in a manner that damages your case. Avoid the following behaviors at the onset of your divorce:

  1. Draining your bank accounts (IRA, 401k), hiding assets, or disposing of property;
  2. Hiding your child(ren) from your spouse;
  3. Becoming physically violent or verbally abusive toward your spouse;
  4. Involving yourself in a new relationship before finalizing your divorce.

Be sure to let your attorney know about situations where violence, kidnapping, drug abuse, or generally “bad” behavior has occurred or is likely to occur. Dangerous situations can be avoided by proper planning and understanding of your unique situation.

Contact a qualified Houston Divorce Lawyer here at The Rudisel Law Firm, P.C., for a free consultation to discuss ways to save money when litigating a Texas family law case.

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