How to Speed Up the Divorce Process
Divorce is an emotional process that many people want to resolve as quickly as possible. While the images you may have seen in the media about divorce may have included nasty court battles, you don’t have to end your marriage that way. In fact, if you and your spouse both want a divorce and can agree on the major issues, then it’s possible to resolve your divorce in just months—without needing to face a judge in court.
Lawyers are paid by the hour, so the longer you drag on your divorce, the more you’ll pay. While the average divorce costs $15,000—and can cost much more in some cases—you won’t have to fork over that much cash if you’re well prepared and ready to negotiate. Here are some other tips to help you speed up the divorce process.
Prepare in Advance
When you call a divorce lawyer to schedule a consultation, ask what documents you will need and take the steps to obtain them right away. If you come to a meeting unprepared, things will take much longer.
If you opt for mediation, then you may not even need to hire a lawyer. In this type of collaborative divorce, you and your spouse would meet with a mediator, who helps move the process along. While mediators can’t give legal advice or favor one person over the other, they can answer questions and help spouses arrive at an agreement. If you and your spouse can work together, your divorce can be finalized as quickly as you allow it.
What do you want out of your divorce? Are there certain assets you want to keep (like your retirement account or the marital home)? Are there children involved? If so, what are your goals in terms of custody? While it’s good to have goals in place, you shouldn’t come into your divorce with the mentality that you’re going to seek revenge and take everything. It’s not possible to win a divorce, nor is it possible to take everything, so have goals but know what to expect.
Make Peace and Be Amicable
It’s normal to be angry that your marriage is ending, but try to put your hurt aside during the divorce process and come into it with a friendly demeanor. Avoid name calling and be willing to negotiate on the terms without being a pushover. If you can be flexible and amicable, the process will go faster, saving you money.
Contact a Maryland Family Law Attorney Today
You should try to finalize your divorce quickly, if possible. However, if there are disagreements about important issues, such as child custody or asset division, then you should try to ensure you get your fair share without dragging things on too long.
Want to avoid going to court? Get help from the Columbia divorce lawyers at The Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. He can give you the advice you need to move things along as smoothly as possible. Schedule a consultation today by calling (410) 774-5987 or filling out the online form. We have two offices to serve you.