There are a handful of reasons why divorce is so expensive in Orange County. Between the large asset divisions due to high earners in the area and longer timetables for divorce finalization, SoCal has gained a stigma for nightmarish divorces. However, there are a few ways in which Orange County couples can achieve a more cost-effective divorce.
Avoid a DIY Divorce
Sometimes, couples will choose to go through the divorce process by themselves due to the sky-high legal expenses associated with it. But what these couples don’t take into account is the potential for major conflicts down the line, such as one spouse receiving significantly less than they deserve post-divorce. There are a handful of reasons why we don’t suggest going through divorce without a third party present:
- Your marriage ended in hostility (i.e. due to secrecy or fighting)
- You don’t have a deep understanding of family law
- You have children, and need a detailed custody agreement
- You own significant assets that require division (home, savings, etc.)
- You feel that you deserve spousal support
Although a DIY divorce seems like it can translate to a cost-effective divorce, the potential for issues to arise in the future can result in astronomical expenses. This is why we recommend following a path of divorce mediation rather than doing it yourself, or taking it to court for litigation.
One Mediator vs. Two Attorneys
At our practice, we believe the best way to establish a cost-effective divorce is by entering divorce mediation. A core benefit to divorce mediation is that, instead of hiring two lawyers to serve both parties, only one attorney is needed to mediate. A mediator is unbiased and helps couples discuss issues in an amicable manner, such as conflicts involving asset division and child custody decisions.
Seeing as lawyers are the most expensive part of the divorce process, divorce mediation has the potential to greatly reduce your expenses. Sure, having an attorney isn’t necessary to proceed with a litigated divorce – though unless you harbor a deep familiarity with established family law, you’ll want an attorney by your side whether you opt for litigation or mediation. However, it is important to remember that while mediation is generally a more cost-effective divorce option, it’s not guaranteed.
Maintaining Positivity for a Cost-Effective Divorce
Lastly, on a less tangible note, positivity often translates to a cost-effective divorce in the form of shorter timetables. Time is a crucial factor – the longer deliberations go on, the longer your attorney will be around, racking up continuous legal fees. In short, going into your litigation or mediation sessions with a positive attitude can protect your bank account while helping you move onto your next chapter.
Settle Outside of Court with a Mission Viejo Divorce Lawyer
Divorce is an emotional journey to endure. On top of the bitterness and anger which often result from a formal separation, the subsequent legal battles tend to make the whole process even more painful. At the Law Offices of Jennifer Owens, we revel in the power of choice. When spouses face divorce, they’re presented with a slew of decisions with a handful of potential outcomes. Our attorneys are believers in the best possible outcome, where a former couple chooses peace over destruction, so that they can finally move onto their next chapter. We can help with that. No matter your desired path – mediation, a negotiated settlement, or even litigation – The Law Offices of Jennifer Owens will achieve the best possible outcome by reaching a settlement that keeps all involved parties in mind. Visit our website to review our family law services or contact us online for a free consultation.