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14 Dec 2015

How to Make Your Divorce as Expensive as Possible

Over the years I have heard from countless people who would immediately divorce if it weren’t for fear of financial ruin.

I won’t sugar coat it. The amount of money it takes to support two households after divorce is always going to be higher than the amount of money it takes to support one during a marriage. That simply doesn’t mean it isn’t doable, and it doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it.

And yet, I still regularly encounter individuals who will say in response, “I hear you, but I just want to make sure I get what I am entitled to. I don’t trust my spouse not to screw me over if we mediate.” I am still unclear as to why anyone trusts an attorney they have never met, or an overwhelmed court system in which you are no more than another case number, not to try to screw them over any more than a spouse who has a mutual interest in making sure both of you and your children can all stay afloat following the divorce. Since some people seem intent on fighting the good fight, I thought I would offer these 12 helpful tips for making sure your divorce is as lengthy and expensive as possible.

  1. Keep fighting for what is “fair.”
  2. No matter how comfortable you feel with a settlement proposal, refuse to accept it until your attorney agrees that you should.
  3. Demand that your ex run any and that all parenting decisions be made by you until the children are past the age of 18.
  4. Insist that your ex undergo a vocational evaluation so you can pay the least amount of child and spousal support over the shortest time period possible.
  5. Do your best to ensure that all verbal agreements you and your ex made when during your marriage are honored, regardless of how the court would likely rule on any of the issues at hand.
  6. Refuse every settlement on each aspect of your divorce agreements until your ex is willing to acknowledge your value, position, opinion, rights, etc.
  7. Withhold information requested by your spouse until he or she has agreed to do x, y, or z.
  8. Every now and then, attempt to “negotiate” with your spouse directly in order to save time and money.
  9. Assume that your spouse must be hiding money somewhere and hire a forensic accountant to identify the exact origin of every penny earned and spent by each of you, personally and professionally, over the course of your marriage.

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Check out the rest of the list here: http://bit.ly/1lJf5FO

We would recommend that couples should contact us for advice at the Law Office of Alice Pare at 301-515-1190 or visit our website at: https://www.alicelaw.com

Do not at any time take the risky move of going at it alone.  We have a wide choice when it comes to going it alone but with the professional advice you will need.

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