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How to avoid excessive legal fees during a divorce

When Maryland residents think about the financial implications of divorce, many focus on how dividing property, bank accounts, and other assets as well as alimony and child support payments will impact their finances. However, the expense of the actual divorce is often overlooked. Depending on the particulars of the divorce, it can cost between $5,000 to over $1 million to get divorced in the United States.

Divorcing individuals can take steps to minimize the financial toll of divorce by carefully selecting the attorney who will represent them. In many cases, the amount a person will pay for the divorce depends on the attorney they select. It is good to take the time to review the qualifications of a number of attorneys. Then, after selecting a few, meet with them in-person or over the phone. Pay close attention to how well they listen during this first meeting. This will be a great indication of what to expect in the future.

Lack of organization on the part of the divorcing individual is a major contributing factor in higher divorce-related legal fees. Remember, attorneys charge by the hour. So every phone call they get, every email they receive, and every minute they need to spend organizing files or searching for files increases the end amount the divorcing individual will pay. By being organized and doing things like grouping inquiries into one email or one phone call or by organizing documents into binders or folders and properly labeling them ahead of time, it is possible to minimize how much one will pay in legal fees.

Once a person has selected an attorney to work them during their divorce, they should expect their attorney to represent them throughout the divorce proceedings. Prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements can be drawn up and reviewed by family law attorneys. A family law attorney can help their clients evaluate shared accounts and evaluate the value of shared property or assets.

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