How Maryland spouses can achieve a cost-effective divorce

Divorce will make a difference in one’s financial scenario. This is a universal truth, as it is impossible to divide a family’s wealth in a manner that does not change the financial circumstances of both spouses. In some cases, these changes can lead to serious financial difficulties down the road, and Maryland spouses who are concerned about the ramifications of ending their marriage should make a concerted effort to achieve a cost-effective divorce.

This can be accomplished in a number of ways; one approach is to begin the process in as amicable a manner as possible. An uncontested divorce is the simplest path to dissolving a marriage. However, even spouses who cannot agree on every issue within their split can still make an effort to work together to reduce their total costs. When possible, try and work through some issues directly with your soon-to-be-ex. This can reduce legal costs by minimizing the number of hours one’s attorney would bill to handle those matters.

A related cost-saving measure involves being as organized and efficient as possible when communicating with one’s attorney. Be sure to gather all documents that he or she requests, and make a list of questions and answers in order to save time during meetings. Also, remember that an attorney is there to handle your legal needs, and should never be used as a sounding board for frustrations or anxieties. Even though most attorneys will be happy to listen to those issues, it would be more productive and cost-effective to work with a therapist on the emotional aspects of a divorce.

Those in Maryland who are concerned about the cost of a divorce should try to implement these tips whenever possible. By taking these and other steps, spouses can greatly reduce their overall legal costs. At the end of the day, a cost-effective divorce leaves all parties better prepared to move forward with their lives in the months and years following a divorce.

Source: Huffington Post, 5 Ways to Cut Costs During a Divorce, Elliot Grey, Oct. 27, 2013

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