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Divorcing on a budget

Posted by Elise Buie | Jul 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Divorce can be incredibly expensive, but does it HAVE to be?  Spending unnecessary money on divorce is foolish. This is money you could be utilizing after your divorce or to care for your kids.  Wouldn't you rather pay for piano lessons or a family vacation than spend unnecessary money fighting your ex?  Hindsight is always 20/20, but the easiest way to minimize divorce costs is to sign a prenuptial agreement with your future spouse.

Uncontested divorce is often the cheapest route. A divorce that is uncontested offers pathways for negotiation that foster less conflict. These divorces may be resolved quicker and require much less time with an attorney.  This is a great option for people who have a low level of conflict with their ex spouse and would like to keep the nitty gritty details of their divorce negotiations private. If you are looking to end your marriage as painlessly as possible for your wallet, uncontested divorce may be the answer.

What should I do if uncontested divorce is not an option?  Contested divorce occurs when there are exceptional circumstances in the marriage that do not allow for each person to advocate for himself or herself adequately and/or if there are unresolvable issues that must be decided by the court. Contested divorce can be costly and time consuming, not to mention extremely acrimonious. If you are involved in a contested divorce the best ways to minimize costs are to be as reasonable and civil as possible. Unnecessary court appearances and round the clock use of an attorney can add up very quickly.  Work with your attorney to develop your high end goals at the beginning and make sure any work done is in furtherance of those goals, not other distracting, petty, expensive issues.  Stay focused.

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Elise Buie

Passionate, creative, problem-solving attorney who crafts solutions rather than obstacles. Elise spends significant time educating her clients on healthy communication skills. Elise also ensures that her clients make informed decisions by understanding the future emotional and financial implications of their decisions. Your family's future is our first priority. Elise teaches her clients new skills to empower them in the future as they adjust to the new family structure. While divorce ends a marriage, it is the beginning of your new, often times, more authentic life. Elise will help you begin that new life with new skills to handle any future challenges.


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