One of the first questions we are asked in our initial consultations is "How much is a divorce going to cost me?" Our answer is and always will be the same...it depends on the specific facts. Each family is different and thus each divorce is different. So much will depend on the grounds for filing for divorce, whether children are involved, and the complexity of dividing the marital assets and debts.
Recently, we read an article written by Susan Caminiti on CNBC's Today show blog that echoed the same messages we often tell our clients.
The more willing the parties are to compromise and fully disclose their information, the less expensive the divorce process can be.
The Today show article lists four major mistakes people make that can create more expensive legal fees, which include:
1) Fighting about minor parenting issues;
2) Not being flexible;
3) Treating your lawyers like a therapist; and
4) Not being financially prepared
At Christophillis & Gallivan, we work closely with our clients to ensure that each client's goals are fully heard and are kept as the focus of the case. Divorce is difficult and there is no easy road when it comes to your most personal issues. However, we expect the best from our clients and implore each and every client to stay focused on the big picture. We walk each client through the issues that commonly arise with divorce, child custody, child support, and division of assets. We firmly believe that the best resolutions are the ones that can be reached by compromise between the two parties
We want our clients to know that there is not a "one-size fits all" approach to the divorce process. At the end of the day, our job is to help you through the divorce process and create a new "normal" that allows you to look towards the future with hope.