Who ends up paying legal fees can also depend on what legal
actions were taken. If one spouse undertakes legal actions
that are of a fractious nature. In divorce cases, it’s essential
that you only pick the battles that are truly worth fighting,
and prepare yourself with proof. Court is not the place to
be vengeful- if a judge thinks that you’re raising a frivolous
suit to avoid paying child or spousal support, they won’t
take it lightly.
Paying your ex’s legal fees isn’t as bad as it’s made out
to be. If the court is truly fair, they’ll take the payment
into consideration when they’re awarding property. However,
a “generous” settlement usually comes with correspondingly
large legal fees.
The time it takes to get a divorce finalized can be frustrating.
To start, you’ll have to come up with a lot of information-
details of your life that you completely forgot or thought
were irrelevant. You’ll have to fill out very detailed forms,
and provide other information like loan, mortgage and bank
account numbers. Then, your lawyer will evaluate the information
you’ve provided, and then file the necessary court documents.
The time taken to gather information and fill out paperwork
can mean days missed from work- yet another way that divorce
can cost you.
Most people think that they’ll be able to handle all their
divorce proceedings outside of the time that they’re supposed
to be working. This may be possible for some, but for most,
the people that are helping with the divorce case (lawyers,
mediators, etc) are really only available during work hours.
Divorce not only costs you in terms of legal fees and spousal
support, it can cost you wages and time at work.