Tips for minimizing costs and conflict in divorce

By |2022-04-04T17:42:19+00:0005 Apr 2019|Categories: News|


You’re not alone if you’ve hesitated to file for divorce because you’re worried about how it might affect your finances. It’s true there are numerous costs and fees associated with the process of ending a marriage in court.

However, there are some practical tips for minimizing costs and conflict in the divorce process.

Alternative dispute resolution

If you and your spouse get along reasonably well, you may be able to keep expenses to a minimum by agreeing to resolve disputes in a confidential negotiation setting outside a courtroom. Forms of alternative dispute resolution include:

  • Mediation: Divorce mediation is a good option for spouses who can amicably discuss their differences with a willingness to compromise and cooperate to find solutions that meet everyone’s needs and protect the interests of those involved, especially their children.
  • Arbitration: This process involves an arbitrator, who issues a final ruling after hearing both sides of the case. Similar to litigation, arbitration provides an opportunity for testimony; however, it takes place in a private setting and you cannot appeal the arbitrator’s final decisions.
  • DIYSome people purchase do-it-yourself divorce kits online; however, in trying to resolve legal matters on your own, you run the risk of serious missteps related to property division and child custody. Many people who take the DIY approach later wish they hadn’t.

Most divorcing spouses in California find the process a lot less stressful with the help of an experienced family law attorney. You could save a lot of time and money by directing your questions and concerns to someone who is well-versed in the laws concerning divorce, child custody, property division and alimony issues.

Changing course mid-way through the process

If you and your spouse choose mediation to try to obtain a swift, low-cost divorce and you find it’s not working, you can convert your case to litigation. In a similar way, you may be involved in litigation that you want to end and can therefore agree to resolve any outstanding disagreements out of court, such as in a mediation or arbitration setting.

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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