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6 Jan. 2017

How to Avoid a Long and Expensive Divorce Process

Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

When contemplating divorce, many individuals grow concerned about the costs of divorce lawyers and the amount of time that the entire process will take. However, divorcing spouses do their part to have a smooth case with a positive outcome, controlling costs, and the duration of the process.

To help, our Orange County divorce attorneys have compiled a list of helpful tips to ensure you move through a smooth divorce process while managing attorney fees.

1. Choose a Lawyer You Trust

It is important for a divorcing spouse to keep in mind that they will need to work closely with their divorce lawyers in order to move through the process in an efficient manner. With this in mind, an individual should retain a trustworthy lawyer who is backed by a reputation of success. This will help the divorcing spouse feel comfortable when they are asked to complete a task for their divorce process.

2. Work with the Attorney to Set Realistic Expectations

The next step towards a timely and affordable divorce is for a client and his or her lawyer to work together to set realistic expectations. It is important to keep in mind that unrealistic expectations will only lengthen the process, since the spouse and lawyer will need to adjust expectations when the process does not go as expected. Setting realistic expectations from the start of the divorce process will allow the attorney to generate realistic and attainable legal strategies that will work for you.

Below are two examples of unrealistic vs realistic expectations in a divorce process:

Unrealistic Expectations

Realistic Expectations

I want sole custody of my child even though my ex-spouse has done nothing wrong.

I would like to have physical custody of my child and allow my spouse to have visitation rights since I have been the primary caregiver for my child.

I don’t want to divide any assets with my ex-spouse.

I am okay with dividing community property. However, I would like to find a way to keep the majority of my pension since much of it was earned before and/or after the marriage.

3. Understanding What Actions Can Increase Attorney Fees

In every divorce, spouses must take responsibility for numerous factors. It is the job of the lawyer to tell the spouse what he or she is responsible to do in order to ensure a smooth divorce. If a spouse fails to comply with an attorney’s wishes, or does not comply in a timely manner, the divorce process may be longer, which can increase attorney fees.

Below is a graph, which demonstrates some examples of ways that attorney fees can increase during divorce. Spouses should avoid participating in the following actions during the divorce process.

4. Understand that Your Case Can Go to Trial

Some divorce cases go to trial when spouses cannot agree on substantial issues. Of course, this can lengthen the divorce process and increase the chances of higher attorney fees. However, most divorce cases can and should be settled. For this reason, it is extremely important that divorcing individuals and their lawyers work diligently to handle all legal aspects of each case as cordially, respectfully, and cooperatively as possible.

Considering Divorce? Contact The Buncher Law Corporation.

At The Buncher Law Corporation, our Orange County divorce lawyers understand how stressful life can become when contemplating divorce. We know that a person must consider emotional and financial decisions. That is why our team is ready to handle all aspects of divorce and work diligently to provide our clients with affordable solutions.

Call The Buncher Law Corporation today and let our experienced and compassionate law attorneys stand on your side!

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