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A Financial Guide to Divorce Managing the financial side of a divorce is never an easy thing to do. That being said, there are a number of helpful resources that can help you to get through the process with as much ease as possible. The following tips adapted from The New York Times may serve as a quality reference as you make your way through this difficult time. When it comes time to choose a lawyer, it is important that you keep in mind the fact that there are a number of options as to how you can get divorced. As you sift through potential legal representatives, be sure to ask the following questions: 1. What is their take on low-cost mediation options? 2. How often do their cases go to trial? 3. How many cases are they typically working on at a time? 4. How do they bill? 5. What can you do or provide to make the process easier/more smooth? In terms of deciding which battles to seriously commit to between you and your spouse, it will be absolutely essential to remember that each and every squabble involving legal representation will cost you. Letters, complaints, and court-involved arguments around issues that could be settled between the two of you (void of legal representation) may end up costing a great deal more than you or your spouse expected. Bring only the most important matters to the official legal table. Another practice that will save you both money and time is the habit of saving your records. It is helpful to be able to provide extremely detailed financial records to your lawyer. Maintaining open and relatively amicable communication with your spouse about financial records will also be helpful down the road, in the event that any financial settlement issues arise. Keeping a decent relationship with your spouse post-divorce will also be helpful in the management of expenses that continue after the marriage has ended, including costs associated with children. Although divorce can be an overwhelming experience, it is important that you work with your lawyer in order to minimize costs associated with your divorce. Furthermore, it is essential that you remember to maintain clear lines of communication regarding any and all changes or details in your situation so that costs can be better predicted and managed. About ADAM (American Divorce Association for Men) The American Divorce Association for Men (ADAM) is a group of highly qualified attorneys who advocate for men’s rights in divorce, child custody and parenting time, paternity, support, property settlement, post judgment modifications, and other family law matters. Since 1988, ADAM has been aggressive, diligent, and uncompromising when representing their clients. A team of compassionate and skilled family law attorneys, ADAM is dedicated to being Michigan’s leading divorce attorneys for men and practices a policy of integrity in all dealings.

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