Being Prepared For Divorce Can Reduce Costs

If you are facing divorce, it could be one of the most difficult battles in your life. Marital dissolution is more than just the end of a relationship—it’s the end of a partnership, both emotionally AND financially. Knowing what to expect going into it is invaluable for how smooth of a process it’s going to be. Whether your divorce is contested or not, there are some simple considerations to make beforehand, according to the Huffington Post. Consulting with a qualified family law attorney is, of course, invaluable, and should not be replaced with self-evaluation. Do-it-yourself divorces are never simple and often end up costing people more money in the long run than traditional legal fees. According to the Huffington Post, things to consider before divorce include financial concerns, issues of both child and spousal support, visitation and custody requirements, and what documentation will be necessary. divorce costs IMAGE

The first is to be mindful of what the divorce will cost you. Regardless whether your divorce is high-asset or not, it could get costly. At the Law Office of Matthew M. Williams we work hard to keep your costs low and provide cost-effective solutions for any divorce proceeding. We will discuss with you all the possible facets of your case so that you can financially remain in control. If you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse can keep it civil, undergoing an uncontested divorce will likely save you big.

If you are going to be providing either child support or spousal support, you need to factor it into your costs of divorce immediately. Do not wait until the proceeding is halfway through to realize that you haven’t yet laid parameters for what type of support you’ll be expected to pay. The same goes go custody and visitation arrangements. If you are going through a particularly nasty separation, there’s a good chance the custody hearing will be the first time you see your spouse during the proceeding. In Illinois, you must complete a mediation hearing before a custody battle.

Lastly, be prepared with the correct documents you’ll need. An attorney can help you anticipate what these will be, and rounding them up early (income statements, tax documents, proof of pension plans, etc.) will save you time and money down the road.

If you or someone you know is considering divorce in DuPage County, keeping divorce costs in mind from the onset will be helpful. Contact an experienced Illinois divorce attorney today.

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