The Hidden Costs of Divorce
Reaching the decision to end a relationship can be challenging enough, but often people find themselves caught in a drawn-out legal process that drains them both emotionally and financially. It is possible to spend tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars only to end up with little certainty or sense of progress. The journey towards resolving family issues is hardly an enjoyable one, but more options and resources exist now than ever before to help reach your destination.
Why Is Divorce So Costly?
Setting aside the obvious emotional nature and challenges of interpersonal relationships, we are still left with a system that is ill equipped to meet current needs. Courts are simply overwhelmed by demands and slow to adapt to an increasingly digital world. It’s not only legal fees that make it expensive, it’s how Family Law is structured. The Divorce Act was written in 1986, before the first laptop was invented. The process not only has not been streamlined to efficiently function from a digital sense, new ways and approaches have not been adopted as it relates to innovative ideas and strategies.
What can you do?
A Divorce Consultant can review options and help you arrive at creative solutions to your family law issues. Services can range from assistance in identifying individual goals, building negotiation skills, through to the active management of the overall process. They can help you understand solutions outside of the court room and can equip you with knowledge and tools to assist in negotiating directly with your partner. Mediation can be successful and a cost effective alternative, and a consultant will ensure you are prepared for a forward moving negotiation. If litigation is required, they can help prepare you to self-represent in court effectively or refer you to a lawyer that is the right fit based on your unique needs, budget and will stand along-side you to ensure that you are working efficiently to keep the costs down.
The more prepared you are for the process and less involved you are in the legal system, the lower the cost. Let a Divorce Consultant assist you in being focused, informed and empowered. *Trained mediators can give legal knowledge and are not a substitute for legal advice.
Diane Horsman, Consultant and Founder of Bold Consulting, is a single mother of two teenage girls. She is a trained mediator and obtained her Alternative Dispute Resolution certificate from York University. Diane specializes in but is not limited to, separations with high conflict and is committed to helping individuals feel empowered and confident through the challenging divorce process.