Have you ever noticed how many advert there are about how you can save thousands in your divorce by opting for a fixed price or DIY divorce? How appealing this sounds especially as we are all concerned about how expensive divorce/family lawyers are ! However, be warned, this could actually turn out to be the most expensive mistake you make. !
TOP 3 DANGERS
When you’re facing a divorce, the only thing you want is to be DONE! You are in so much pain and your life is such a mess that all you want is for the pain to stop so you can get yourself back on track.
And, of course, like us all, you also don’t want to spend a fortune in the process of getting divorced.
But, in divorce, just as in everything else in life, you get what you pay for.
Getting a “cheap divorce” may not cost you as much money on the front end, but it can cost you many times more on the back end.
There are three ways that a cheap divorce can end up being way more expensive in the long run:
1. You don’t deal with all of the important issues in your divorce, so you and your ex end up fighting about those issues later in court post divorce.
2. You agree to take less money than you are entitled to receive, not because you choose to do so, but simply because you don’t know any better.
3.Your paperwork isn’t written as tightly as it could be, which leads to fights after your divorce.
Statistically, 30% of family court cases revolve around issues post divorce !
The concern about these cheaper divorce packages is the the paperwork is simply not up to scratch.
As long as you and your ex get along and can work out any issues you may have after your divorce, it may not matter if your documents are useless. But if you can’t, then your divorce documents are critical.
TOP 3 PROBLEMS
There are 3 problems with getting cheap divorce documents:
1. Unless you are a divorce professional yourself, you won’t know if your divorce documents are good or not;
2. By the time you realise they’re garbage, you’ve already got a problem;
3. The only way to fix the documents is by going to court. (Plus, some mistakes can’t be fixed!). If you’re like most people, you have no idea what your divorce documents are supposed to say.
Other issues are you don’t know if they’re missing critical information. You don’t know if they’ve been written in the right format. Once you get your documents, all you know is that they’re done.
What you may not realise is that if you and your ex disagree on something after your divorce, whatever your divorce documents say will determine how you resolve your dispute. If your documents don’t say anything about whatever you’re arguing about, that’s a problem.
The same thing is true if what they say is unclear, or can be interpreted in many ways.
When your divorce documents don’t resolve your post-divorce dispute, then you have to resolve it some other way. No matter how you do that, you’re going to end up going back to court. (The only way to fix a court document is by changing it in court.)
Every divorcing person would love to have an inexpensive, affordable divorce. There are ways you can do that. Unfortunately, opting for a cheap divorce may not be one of them.
When you’re looking at the cost of divorce, you need to look at ALL the costs. That includes the cost of going back to court to resolve issues that didn’t get resolved properly the first time around.
When you include those costs in the total cost of your divorce, you may find that your “cheap divorce” really wasn’t so cheap after all.