How To Manage Your Divorce Lawyer
The Solution To Managing Your Divorce Lawyer Is To Limit Their Role
Hopefully, it’s becoming clear that the less contact you have with the judicial system during your divorce, the better off you will be, both emotionally and financially. And that includes limiting the contact you have with your divorce lawyer.
But don’t necessarily cut them out entirely. You may need their expertise so you can find out about the legal rules that apply to your divorce. They can also explain to you the law as it relates to parenting, support issues and property matters. They also have a role to play in explaining possible tax implications regarding your divorce, and which valuation methods should be applied to your assets.
You can also call on your divorce lawyer to give you background information about what might happen if your separation negotiations fail and you end up in court. But only use your divorce lawyer as a teacher. Don’t let them take over negotiations with your spouse. Manage your divorce lawyer out of your divorce as much as you possibly can. And treat what they say with a healthy dose of skepticism, especially concerning strategic, philosophical or psychological matters. There are other specialists in each of those areas on whom you can rely for more accurate and impartial advice.
Lastly, but perhaps most crucially, you should hire the services of a mediator to guide you through your separation negotiations. Mediators are trained to promote a spirit of co-operation between you and your spouse. They, much more so than a divorce lawyer, will help you negotiate a divorce that doesn’t strain emotions and stretch your budgets to breaking point.