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Heading into a divorce can be a stressful time in the life of a Florida resident. Concerns about the cost of transitioning from married to single can make an already challenging situation even more difficult. Fortunately, there are ways that spouses can control the cost of their divorce, and also play an active role in shaping the outcome of the divorce process. The following tips may seem like basic advice, but they are items that many divorcing spouses fail to address.

Lengthy property division or child custody negotiations can make legal fees rack up quickly. In order to move efficiently through the divorce process, it is necessary to have a clear understanding of one’s goals. Spouses should sit down and write out a list of what they need from their divorce, what they want and what they feel entitled to gain. Having these items clearly outlined in writing can help spouses attain a measure of clarity on how to move forward. In some cases, this simple step can help individuals realize if any of these columns are out of balance.

Next, spouses should think about how important each item is on the list of goals, and to what extent they are willing to go to fight over each item. Here again the practice of reviewing goals can help a spouse gain a new perspective on matters. In many cases it becomes clear that an item that seemed centrally important is really only a minor matter.

Having this foundation in place prior to meeting with a divorce attorney can help those facing these issues jump into the divorce process with a great deal of work already completed. Prioritizing wants and needs at the onset can save time once the legal process begins, which translates into lower legal fees. The best Florida divorce is one in which both parties are treated fairly, and where each is able to walk away from the marriage with a sound financial foundation for the years to come.

Source: The Huffington Post, “8 Divorce Hacks that Will Save You Time & Money“, James J. Sexton, Jan. 11, 2016