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Divorces on the Cheap: Saving Money on your Uncoupling

OK, you said you do, but come to find out, you really don’t. You need a divorce, but you don’t want to pay a lot to get it (chances are if you’ve reached the divorce point, you probably figure you’ve paid enough already). Surely there must be some way to get un-hitched on the cheap.The answer, according to ABC News, is yes. Divorces can be had online for $29, although there are some things you’ll want to consider before going that route.

The online sites are generally document-preparation services. They don’t offer legal advice or counsel and you must be in complete agreement with your spouse on all the issues. Fees range from less than the cost of a tank of gas to a couple of hundred dollars, but either way it’s far less than the cost of hiring a lawyer.

Bottom line, according to Great Neck, NY lawyer Elayne Greenberg, is to stay out of court, where the really nasty divorce battles can easily hit $75,000-$100,000.

Greenberg said the most common mistake couples make is to assume that justice is an absolute.

Each party firmly believes that if it gets its day in court, it will be vindicated. But, according to Greenberg, going to court is a gamble. “Justice can be elusive,” said Greenberg. And, she adds, more than 95 percent of all divorce cases end up being settled out of court. “There’s a reason for that.”


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