You do not need me to tell you this but getting divorced is an expensive affair. The good news is quick cheap divorces are possible using an often overlooked option: hiring a cheap divorce lawyer.
Unfortunately, when people see "cheap" they think "bad". Well, there's plenty of people out there who paid a high fee and were still stuck with a bad lawyer, so we'll look beyond CHEAP and focus on GREAT divorce lawyer, and still have a fast cheap divorce!
Where do we find a divorce lawyer? Yellow pages, search cheap divorce online, and ask friends and neighbors. You'll be amazed at how quickly you'll produce a list of cheap divorce lawyers.
Ask your cheap divorce attorney some simple questions before hiring and you'll make an informed decision on who's the best to hire.
Are they an expert in divorce law? No? Move on to the next lawyer on your list. Waste no time or money letting a lawyer LEARN how to handle a quick cheap divorce. Like I said, you're looking for a divorce lawyer not a cheap lawyer who'll handle your divorce.
How much experience? Experience is worth it's weight in gold. Great lawyers will know the personalities of the judges in your jurisdiction and can use this knowledge to your advantage. See if they work with other experts like psychologists that could support your case.
Get references. Ask your lawyer for references from two previous clients. Call them, ask how their divorce went and if they were happy with the lawyer. Make sure to ask were there any problems that arose they think you should know about. Agree not to talk about this to your lawyer.
Great communication is essential where the law is involved. During the interview see if you're getting straight answers and when talking to previous clients check how easy it was to contact and the lawyer during the divorce proceedings.
Fees. Do not pussyfoot around the issue of fees. You're looking for a cheap lawyer so a good fee is essential. Find out about flat fees, hourly rates and any additional hidden costs like phone calls, letters, etc. Get a written agreement regarding all fees.
Comfortable? Go with your gut on this. If there's something about the lawyer that's rubbing you the wrong way then move on to the next lawyer on your list. Remember you'll be dealing with this person during a stressful time and if you do not like them it is not going to help matters when the stress starts to build.