Divorce can be expensive but it does not always have to be. You can easily manage costs if you take the right steps.
U.S. News and World Report explains there are some costs over which you will have no control, so you should focus your efforts on those you can.
The biggest thing you can do to lower the costs of your divorce is to work together. If you can agree to a settlement before going to court, you can greatly reduce your expenses. It is even better if you can draw up an agreement before you hire your attorney. Then, you will only have to go over the agreement and finalize things with your lawyer instead of having to pay the attorney to sit in while you negotiate.
Use your attorney wisely
You should not use your attorney as a counselor or friend. Remember that he or she is working for you. Anytime you have to contact him or her, you will have to pay for the time. Your attorney will appreciate it if you only contact him or her when you need to discuss legal matters pertaining to your case because his or her time is limited. Find a friend to vent to if you feel like you need someone to talk to.
If your attorney asks you to do something or fill out forms, do it as soon as possible. Procrastinating will only cost you more money in the end.
Overall, you should do everything you can to move things forward quickly. The faster your divorce proceeds, the less money you will spend.