Weddings and divorces have one major thing in common: They’re expensive. While people expect a wedding to be costly, the real cost of a divorce can sometimes come as a shock.
The average cost of a divorce in this country has skyrocketed to $12,900 — so finding ways to pare down those costs can often be essential. Fortunately, there are some ways to do it.
Here’s how to lower the financial burden of divorce
What’s the number one thing you can do to minimize the cost of your divorce? Make sure that it’s uncontested. That means that you and your spouse have to somehow work out all the major details on your own, without involving the court.
When you can barely stand to be in the same room with your spouse, that may sound tough, but the economic difference to your both can be worth it. The average uncontested divorce is only about $4,100 — not $12,900 or more.
With that in mind, here are some practical suggestions:
- Consider counseling. You may be able to work out some of the trickier aspects of your divorce, especially when it comes to parenting plans and visitation, with the help of a therapist.
- Give mediation a try. Mediation is a growing field in divorce law and it can help couples get past any “sticking points” that might otherwise land them in litigation.
- Be generous. Think about how you would want to be treated if you were in your spouse’s shoes right now, and treat them that way. That could mean splitting the expenses as they set up their new residence or letting them take the best dishes because they’re more emotionally attached to them than you are.
- Stay private. One of the fastest ways to end up in court is by putting your ex on blast on social media and creating even more hard feelings. Be polite about your situation and your spouse — at least as long as your divorce is in process.
Working with an experienced Memphis family law attorney can also help. That’s the best way to learn more about your rights and options and protect your interests while you’re going through a divorce.