Should Divorce Be Cheap And Easy?

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Not all divorces have to be expensive and adversarial. Yes, it is possible to have a cheap divorce. Some people may not agree; however, if you explore the affordable alternatives, it is possible.

Divorce in Singapore is defined as the termination of marriage, also called a divorce order. There are quicker and inexpensive ways to get a divorce, provided you understand how the process works.

Key Points

  • An uncontested divorce is the cheapest and fastest way to terminate a marriage.
  • Using a mediator is n effective way to avoid paying high lawyer fees for divorce.
  • You may not have the necessary legal advise when you enter into a DIY divorce.

Before proceeding with cheap DYI divorce, make sure you have your property and parenting matters sorted.

You may explore the following if you are looking for a cheap and easy divorce:

Uncontested divorce

When there are no disagreements on the terms of the divorce, it is called an uncontested divorce. Uncontested divorces are generally easier and quicker than contested ones. Contested divorces may involve a trial, which can take up a lot of time and money.

An uncontested divorce will also save you a lot of money in legal fees. It is possibly one of the best ways to have a cheap divorce. Plus, they are quicker and much less stressful.

Mediation

Using a third-party neutral mediator can be another good way to get an affordable divorce. If you do not agree to some or all of the terms of the divorce, you may hire the services of a divorce lawyer trained in mediation.

A third-party mediator helps you understand the divorce process and come to an agreement on the terms of the divorce. They can also help you file the necessary paperwork. Using a mediator could be a great way to avoid paying high lawyer fees for divorce.

DIY divorce

A DIY divorce can also be a way of getting an inexpensive divorce, but it comes with a lot of risks. Though it is a cheap option, we strongly advise against it. Avoiding divorce fees in Singapore may be a great motivator for you to go for that do-it-yourself divorce. Ask yourself if you are sure of making such a major decision in your life without expert help?

Before you get your cheap divorce, make sure you have your property and parenting matters sorted. Proceed only if you understand the following:

  • What are matrimonial assets and how are they divided? (Read more)
  • How is child custody awarded and what implications do care and control orders have? What is considered a fair agreement in child custody? (Read more)
  • How is spouse and child maintenance calculated? Are you giving up a significant amount that you may be entitled to? (Read more)

You may have an amicable relationship with your ex, and both of you agree on all terms of the divorce. Even then, it’s a good idea to seek advice from a divorce lawyer to make sure every issue is covered and addressed correctly. An experienced divorce lawyer would be able to make sure that the wording on the agreements is correct, making them ‘just and equitable.’

As a divorcing couple, you may not know what the court deems as just and equitable but lawyers do.

Related Article: Problems with a DIY/Cheap Divorce

Should the divorce process be cheap and easy?

Some people think that if divorce is made cheap and easy, couples will not put adequate effort into mending the marriage. We would like to think that a divorce is the last resort for a couple in an unhappy marriage. They would consider divorce only after exhausting all other options.

Many people continue to live in unhappy marriages only because they are deterred by high divorce lawyer fees and the overall cost of divorce. However, when you continue to live in an unhappy marriage, you put yourself through a lot of stress every single day. The excessive stress could cause serious physical, mental, and emotional problems.

The mental and emotional stress you feel in a bad marriage can spill over on your children. You may want to believe that you are staying together for the kids. However, continuously exposing children to parental conflicts can have a detrimental effect on their emotional health.

It is better to end a bad marriage than subject your children to a hostile environment at home. The financial aspect of divorce should never force you to continue to stay in a bad marriage.

“At Gloria James-Civetta & Co, our goal is to help you find a resolution that works for both you and your family. When you contact our expert team, we will provide you with a consultation, tailored to your specific circumstances and goals in mind.”

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