One of the most powerful decisions that any divorcing couple in Arizona can make is to work together to move through the end of their marriage. A collaborative divorce can have a number of benefits, including reduced stress, less contention and a speedier resolution. Another benefit can be lower legal bills, as compared to a traditionally litigated divorce.
One way that couples can reduce their legal expenses is to work together to divide their personal property. It is not uncommon for spouses to disagree on how to split up their belongings, and this is an area where many couples struggle to reach an agreement that works for both sides. Excessive fighting over these items, however, can quickly increase the overall cost of a divorce.
Among the more common items of contention are things that remind spouses of their family connection. Examples include wedding gifts, pieces of furniture given as gifts by extended family, and items that are connected to a shared child. These pieces hold a great deal of emotional value, which can be difficult for spouses to overcome in the interest of rationality.
Couples who choose a collaborative divorce have already committed to working together to resolve the details of their divorce. For those who are concerned about legal fees, it is possible to discuss the matter with their attorneys and to ask for guidance. For some, having the cost of attorney-guided negotiations or discussions clearly pointed out can help Arizona spouses realize that it is easier (and cheaper) to concede some arguments.
Source: The Huffington Post, "10 Things I Learned As A Divorce Attorney", A. Rodriguez, Dec. 6, 2016