Once a divorce has become inevitable, it is difficult to imagine being unable to afford the process. At the law office of Sheridan & Dulas, P.A., we will do everything we can to help you understand what it will take to finance your divorce. Our attorneys also have knowledge and tools that can typically allow them to help you reach a resolution as quickly and easily as possible.
Honestly Evaluate Your Household Income
The income, bills, debts, and resources of your household must now be split to support two separate households. This is not an easy task, but it can be impossible without all the necessary information. Before you visit a lawyer, gather documentation that presents a full picture of your family’s financial situation. This might include copies of bills, tax documents, pay stubs, and other financial contracts. If bankruptcy is in progress, bring any related documentation.
You have a right to copies of these documents, and a lawyer may be able to help if your spouse is making it difficult for you to gather the necessary financial materials. Because you have worked within the home – as a homemaker or caring for children – does not mean you are any less entitled to the documentation or a fair divorce settlement.
Communicate With Your Spouse, If Possible
During the process of divorce is often a time when spouses begin avoiding each other as much as possible. While this is understandable, reaching a resolution you can both live with will be far easier if you can communicate. Anything the two of you can work out together is one thing you do not have to pay an attorney to help decide.
Even if you are not ready to begin talking out the details of the permanent agreement, discuss how you and your spouse plan to divide finances until the divorce is finalized. It may be necessary that you both make some changes in your spending, especially if one of you has or plans to move out. Part of this discussion should involve whether hiring lawyers will be necessary, and if so, how you will handle that.
Consider All Your Options
When a family lacks the funds necessary to eliminate the concern of financing a divorce, you must make some tough decisions. There are ways where retirement funds may be a financial resource that an experienced attorney can explain to you. Paying for the cost of a divorce attorney may require the use of a credit card. Many clients have no choice but to consult their family members for assistance in this difficult process. Typically, families realize the importance of having qualified representation in a divorce and will do what they can to help you get into a better situation.
The lawyers at Sheridan & Dulas, P.A., are skilled at collaborative family law and reaching practical solutions. Contact our office, located in Eagan, Minnesota, at 651-686-8800 or 800-491-9983 to schedule a free consultation with our experienced family law counsel.