Not only is divorce emotional, it also tends to be costly. Filing fees, attorney's fees, process server fees, copying fees, certified mail fees, child support, spousal support, and costs of travel to and from the courthouse are only some of the financial issues you may deal with in your divorce.
But whether you have a court date coming up or you just think it's time to move on with your life separate from your spouse, there are ways to save money and get an inexpensive divorce. This post lays out some easy methods to saving money during your divorce.
Even though most courts charge what is called a "filing fee" for a divorce or custody lawsuit (Maricopa County filing fee can be more than $300), many people who don't make enough money can get the . This means you may be able to avoid paying court fees.
Mediation instead of Litigation
In Mediation, both parties are splitting the time of one professional to help you come up with a reasonable agreement. In Mediation, the Mediator is there to help facilitate an agreement that will benefit both sides. In Court, the Judge is there to make a decision that will probably only benefit one side.
Mediation is far less expensive than a full-blown trial. Oftentimes, a Mediator can get to the bottom of what a party actually wants to achieve and help both parties reach a reasonable objective. My law firm in Chandler always advocates for Mediation or other alternative dispute methods if it is in the best interest of the parties--simply because it's cheaper and effective.