Divorce: Strategies, Tips and Tricks To Get Divorced Cheap (Right Now)
In this article we share the things that divorce attorneys don’t want you to know. We show you 13 strategies that you can use to get divorced CHEAP.
Consider whether you really want a divorceWe know this sounds ridiculous.
But consider this . . .
A recent study by Dr. Nancy Kalish found that as many as 10% of divorcing couples reconcile after they were divorced.
Think about that . . . they spent all that time, heartache and money on a divorce only to reconcile.
In our own office, we recently handled a case where the parties had separated. The wife moved to Texas while the husband stayed in Las Vegas. Our office was paid thousands of dollars to file motions, engage in discovery, and respond to nasty allegations by the husband. When the wife returned to Las Vegas for trial, the parties spent about 30 minutes speaking to each other and decided that they wanted to reconcile. All that money, all of those allegations and all that time to decide they really didn*t want a divorce in the first place.
What does this mean for you?
Before spending money on the divorce process, you need to ask yourself whether or not you really want a divorce.
Is the marriage really over?
Or . . . is it possible that you and your spouse could reconcile?
If you aren*t sure whether or not your marriage is over, it might be best to consider counseling or couples therapy before you spend money on a lawyer.
Use pre-divorce settlement programsSo, you*ve thought about it and decided that you need a divorce, but you don*t want to spend a ton of money or time on attorneys.
If that is the case, there are a number of programs you can utilize before you file your divorce that don*t cost anything and can accomplish getting you divorced cheap or even for free.
One of the ways to get divorced in Nevada cheap, or even for free, is to use pre-filing mediation.
Now*in this article, we aren*t going to explain all of the benefits of mediation. But trust us, there are lots of them.
And. . . we have published a couple of articles on mediation and you can find those here: Tips For Family Mediation and Pitfalls of Family Court Mediation
Just know that there are mediation programs available to the public to help you get divorced without spending a ton of money.
A couple of those programs include the UNLV Mediation Program and the Family Mediation Center.
The UNLV Mediation Clinic at the Boyd School of Law at UNLV offers free divorce mediations. At UNLV, law students will help you and your spouse mediate issues in your divorce case with the assistance of a supervising professor/lawyer. Again, this program is free.
In addition to the UNLV Mediation Clinic, another mediation program is offered at the family Court. The Family Mediation Center (FMC) offers mediation services for custody, visitation and holiday plans. There is a small fee to use FMC and it is based on a sliding scale depending on your income.
Find a divorce attorney that offers free consultationsIf you*ve considered using mediation pre-filing and don*t think that will work . . .
Or . . . you don*t want to waste time trying to settle your divorce in mediation before you file
And, you know you need to talk to a divorce attorney . . .
Consider finding an attorney that offers free consultations.
Many divorce attorneys do not charge consultation fees when you are first considering filing for divorce.
If you want to save money on your divorce, it might be best to consult with one of these attorneys.
Even if you end up doing all of the paperwork yourself, consulting with a divorce attorney, for free, can help answer some of your questions and might even help you fill out the paperwork without spending a dollar on lawyer fees.
BONUS TIP: At the family court, on most Thursdays, you can meet with a divorce attorney for up to fifteen minutes through the Ask-A-Lawyer Program. The Ask-A-Lawyer Program is free to the public. We recommend that you get there early as spaces fill quickly.
File a joint petition divorceA joint petition is by far the fastest, cheapest and easiest way to get divorced in Nevada.
Before you decide on filing a joint petition, there are a few things you need to know. . .
First, you and your spouse must agree to everything in the divorce in order to file a joint petition divorce in Nevada.
This means you have agreed to custody, visitation, holidays, division of assets and debts, and spousal support.
If you have agreed on everything, you can obtain the joint petition paperwork online, fill it out and file your own joint petition divorce.
It usually takes anywhere from 5 to 35 days from the time the paperwork is filed to the time the divorce will be finalized.
Second, at least you OR your spouse must live in Clark County, Nevada and must have lived in Clark County, Nevada for at least 6 weeks before you file the joint petition.
This is known as the residency requirement. For more information about the residency requirement check out our article here: Who Can Get Divorced In Nevada?
Third, filing a joint petition is not free.
The filing fees for filing a joint petition divorce in Nevada is $299. This is the fee you pay to the Court for processing and filing your joint petition.
That being said . . .paying $299 to file a joint petition divorce is A LOT cheaper than paying lawyers for a contested divorce.
For more information about joint petitions, check out our article on joint petitions here: Nevada Joint Petition Divorces.
Draft your own paperworkIf you really can*t afford an attorney, or are just trying to save some money in your divorce, you might consider drafting your own paperwork.
We recommend that you consider using the forms available at the Self-Help Center online or visit the Self-Help Center at the Eighth Judicial District Court, Family Division. Self Help has almost every family law form available for Clark County, Nevada divorces.
It is important to note that the Self Help Center can provide the following services:
Educational materials and courses to help litigants understand court rules and court procedures;
Assisting those getting a Nevada divorce with identifying the appropriate forms;
However, the Self Help Center cannot provide legal advice.
Before you decide whether or not to draft your own paperwork, consider this article that we published: Do you really need a lawyer for your family court case?
If you decide that you want to prepare your own documents, you might find that you can save a ton of money on attorney*s fees.
Just be careful that you don*t spend ALL of your time working on your paperwork.