At Utah Divorce Coaching & Consulting, our primary focus is helping you achieve the divorce results you deserve without "breaking the bank" or making you go into greater debt. Divorce is already tough and expensive. The question is how can one control costs? The answer is with (1) thorough preparation; and (2) communication.
The key to controlling costs and expenses in divorce is education. Learn as much as possible about the divorce process before starting it. The biggest mistake people make in divorce is hitting the nuclear button at the outset. It is a great way to enrich divorce lawyers. But it is also a terrible way to end a relationship especially if you have children as it will all but ensure an acrimonious relationship with your soon-to-be-ex.
The more prepared you are for divorce, the better you will fare. Think of it like preparing for a weather storm. Just as you probably won't want to face a hurricane unprotected, you won't want to face a divorce unprepared. To be prepared, get educated on the Utah divorce process and the fourteen most common issues in divorce. Evorce offers an interactive Utah-specific divorce preparation course to help you understand and cover most of the important issues. Download our exit strategy tool kit to kick start your divorce preparation process now.
Being able to communicate with your spouse is just as important as being prepared when it comes to divorce. Making educated decisions and keeping the dialogue open (even if it’s difficult) is your best bet to curb run away divorce costs. We use the step approach to resolving divorce conflict:
It starts with getting educated about the fourteen most common Utah divorce issues and the Utah divorce process with Evorce.
Next, paperwork necessary to complete an uncontested divorce are professionally prepared for one side in the divorce. We are a Utah law firm. As such, we can only help one side to a divorce. We cannot advise both you and your spouse. We are not a one-size-fits-all "legal forms mill" like LegalZoom and others.
A proposed stipulation for divorce and property settlement agreement is drafted by our attorney and reviewed with you over a video consultation with screen sharing. Changes and corrections are made on the spot during this consultation between you and our attorney.
Next, we help you strategize to determine the best path forward. Then informal negotiations are attempted, if possible. If you and your spouse are able to resolve all issues through an informal negotiation, we complete the remaining paperwork, including the drafting of your final decree of divorce. Your divorce is final when the court approves your decree of divorce and the clerk of court enters the record on the docket.
If informal negotiations are not successful, we suggest inviting your spouse to mediation before your divorce is filed with the court. This is called a pre-suit negotiation. Mediation is a process by which a certified mediator works with you and the other party to fully explore all issues in dispute and to give you an opportunity to resolve the conflict on your own. Mediation is often very successful. Over 95% of Utah Divorce Coaching & Consulting clients resolve their case at mediation. Sometimes, however, all issues to a case are not resolved. When this happens, litigation is necessary. When litigation becomes necessary, expensive litigation attorneys are usually needed along with large, expensive retainer fees payments. This is why we leave litigation as a last resort.
Sometimes litigation is necessary. If you find yourself with these circumstances, know that you are probably in a much better position having attempted the pre-suit route than if you had gone straight to court.