Reducing the cost of divorce

Couples in California never go into their wedding with plans of one day ending the marriage. Yet, it is estimated that just under half of all spouses in the United States end up divorcing. Just as every marriage is different, the same can be said of divorce. However, one thing most divorces have in common is that the process can be very expensive. Here are a few suggestions to help reduce the cost of ending a marriage 

Uncontested divorce 

A primary factor in determining the cost of a divorce is whether spouses opt for a contested or an uncontested divorce. In a contested divorce, spouses do not agree on big issues such as child custody or property division, so the court must decide the outcome. A contested divorce not only takes months to resolve, but it can also be very expensive. If spouses agree on all major issues they can choose to pursue an uncontested divorce. With an uncontested divorce, spouses can avoid going to court, thus saving a lot of time and money.  


Mediation is a good alternative to consider keeping matters out of court and resolving the divorce amicably. In mediation, divorcing spouses work with a third-party mediator who helps them negotiate agreements on the important issues and terms of their divorce. Although it is not required, divorce lawyers may be present during mediation. 

Obtaining legal help 

Divorce is not only one of the most challenging events in life, it can also be very costly. Any individual in California who has questions or may be heading for a divorce could benefit by seeking the services of a knowledgeable family law attorney. An experienced legal representative can help guide individuals through this confusing process.