If you are in an unhappy marriage, it would be even worse to feel trapped because you cannot afford a divorce. Divorce can be emotionally challenging, and the stress of paying for it even more so. But there are ways to save money so that a divorce does not completely drain your bank account. Here are some good tips to save money on divorce:
- Think of realistic goals. If you want to fight your ex over every item you own, it will cost you. If you are angry with your spouse and want to punish him or her by fighting for sole custody of your children, it will cost you. The reality is that the courts will favor shared parenting barring evidence that would support one parent not seeing their children. Think realistically about what life post-divorce might look like.
- Be prepared and organized when you meet with your lawyer. When they request information or documents from you, supply it promptly. This will help move along the divorce process.
- Create a list of marital assets. Marital assets are shared property not owned individually before the marriage. Under Ohio law, assets obtained during the marriage are considered joint property and should be divided equally. Certain assets are considered non-martial, such as inheritance or a property owned prior to marriage. A pre-marital agreement is the exception to the law.
- Be efficient when you speak to your attorney. Many divorce attorneys have compassion for your situation. If you have a tendency to spend a lot of time talking about the emotional aspect of your divorce, consider meeting with a therapist or mental health counselor who can help you work through this transition, rather than spending attorney fees on the issue.
What questions do you have about making divorce affordable? An experienced divorce lawyer can help.