Divorces can be expensive and they can take a long time to resolve, but it doesn’t always have to be that way.
There are two types of divorce: uncontested and contested, and in general, one takes much longer than the other.
In nearly every instance, uncontested divorces are faster to obtain, less expensive, and more harmonious, because the two sides have agreed on all major issues.
On the other hand, contested divorces are often fraught with conflict because major issues remain unresolved, and the two sides are far apart in terms of arriving at a settlement.
So the first step in getting a quick divorce is to do everything in your power to make things amicable, and create an environment of compromise.
But even if you are going through a contested divorce, there are some things you can do to keep things moving at a rapid pace.
Gather All Your Documents For the Divorce
You’re going to need a lot of documents, so get a head start and start getting them together before you file for divorce.
At minimum, you will need bank statements, insurance information, employment records, and a list of all your assets and debts.
Another huge timesaver is obtaining your spouse’s financial information, especially assets she or he has that are not shared by the both of you.
Never Meet Without a Mediator Or Lawyer Present
Whether you’re in a contested or uncontested divorce, it’s always best to have a third party present such as a mediator or family lawyer when you meet to talk things over with your soon-to-be ex-spouse.
Regardless of how friendly things are, all it takes is one disagreement about who said what, or who agreed verbally to what the last time you met, to throw things into chaos, and guarantee a longer divorce process.
Keep Family, Friends and Colleagues Out of the Process
No one is saying that you shouldn’t lean on your support system during this challenging time, but family, friends and colleagues can give you some bad advice that could end up delaying your divorce and costing you even more money.
Although they have your best interests at heart, the people in your life may want you to get tough in negotiations, or even worse, punish the person you are divorcing for some perceived slight.
Your goal, however, is to keep your eye on the prize: getting divorced as quickly and painlessly as possible.
Get Professional Representation
Even when things seem to be going well in a divorce, one slip could derail the whole thing. That’s why we think it’s vital that you hire the experienced attorneys at the Joubert Law Firm. Whether you need help finalizing a Marital Settlement Agreement, or you need tips on how to negotiate the division of assets, we have the expertise to bring your divorce to a fair resolution. Call us at 225-761-3822 to discuss your case.