Most people would answer a straight “yes” with the implication that the process is often out of their control: costs escalate, emotions get in the way of rational decisions and discussions, and the lawyers end up the only beneficiaries.
However, the cost of the divorce process is actually very much in your hands – you can decide how much or how little you use your lawyer. The more you do and the less your lawyer does will reduce your legal costs. Law is a service you pay for like servicing your car – you do it or you get a garage to do it.
Also, of course, the more you argue, the more it is going to cost and that cost is met out of joint assets so there are less resources for everyone.
There is, obviously, the practical cost of getting divorced. In most cases both parties will be financially worse off as a result of a divorce because they have to live in two separate households – obviously more expensive than living in one. A house may need to be sold and smaller ones purchased, a pension may need to be divided, other family assets – whether savings or photographs or pets – have in some way to be divided and these often involve painful and costly decisions.
However, not only can you reduce the cost by using mediation, whereby you both employ one person rather than both employing a separate lawyer, but you can also reduce the cost by only using your lawyer for part of the process rather than all of the process.
You might decide to come for some initial advice and then actually make an application for a divorce or a financial decision yourself. Or you may see a lawyer and then go to mediation and then go back to the lawyer for legal advice pertinent to your situation. You decide how much or how little you use a lawyer and you pay accordingly.
For more information or to discuss further please contact Nicky Gough on 07711 527968 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.