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How to Make Your Divorce More Affordable in Utah

Advice from an Experienced Salt Lake County Divorce Attorney

While divorce can cause a myriad of emotional and psychological effects on a family, it can also become a large financial burden. When either party takes the painful emotions associated with the end of a marriage into divorce proceedings, wasted time and additional costs are often the consequences.

The SLC and Provo law offices of Eric M. Swfinyard & Associates, PLLC offer legal consultation and representation in divorce proceedings with a focus on aggressive litigation and a concern for the efficient handling of your case– to make your divorce more affordable. Our legal office works to protect your rights, solve conflicts and mediate battles to reach an out-of-court settlement as the most economical method of handling a divorce.

Here are other ways you can save money during a divorce and use your lawyer time effectively:

1. Avoid Utah Divorce Court

The best way to save money on your divorce is to avoid divorce court. When you consider court costs, additional attorney fees, and costs that will be connected to any real estate division, a mutual settlement – mediated by a divorce lawyer is the most economical option. A quality divorce attorney knows that court proceedings will cost their clients money and will work to help families solve differences and work towards an agreeable settlement.

2. Communicate with Your Ex

Keep in mind, that maintaining a working relationship with your ex can be of benefit to settle property division matters and arrange child visitation schedules without a lawyer – to save both parties in costs, time, and additional stress.

3. Make the Most of Your Time with Your Divorce Lawyer in Utah

Make the most of your lawyer visit by staying on topic and remembering that lawyers aren’t therapists. Bring a list of items of concern you feel are important to discuss to avoid straying into emotional and unproductive discussions. Produce any documentation you have to support your case and if you feel the need, take notes to remember any other items or persons you need to address at a later time. This efficient use of the lawyer/client appointment time will save you money during your divorce.

3. Prepare Divorce Documents

Be prepared by having any documentation which needed signing and other pertinent information to your case. This could include financial information – both assets and liabilities; and a complete disclosure describing any marital problems and what issues you believe will be problematic. Being prepared for meetings with your lawyer is another way to save time and costs. Consider paralegal services to help prepare divorce forms and to follow proper filing procedures – along with where to obtain any state specific applications for alimony or modifying child support.

4. Choose Divorce Mediation

Choose mediation services to act as a neutral third party, which is offered by many professional divorce lawyers to negotiate a settlement. When using mediation it is smart to be fully prepared with a list of concerns and requests, as these services usually charge an hourly rate. Even so, mediation offers major cost savings over a court trial and has the added benefit of being fully confidential. Therefore no public record will exist concerning the outcome of your divorce proceedings. Speak with your lawyer about the mediation process as an alternative to court proceedings.

5. Uncontested Divorce in Utah

Consider an uncontested divorce, where both spouses agree to the financial and legal issues required to finalize the divorce. An uncontested divorce has the added benefit of reducing the stress caused by constant negotiations. Since there is no court hearing and no legal posturing, both parties can work to solve the separation of property and finances in an amicable and mutually agreeable manner. Still, an experienced Salt Lake County Draper divorce lawyer is crucial even in an uncontested divorce to ensure an even distribution of property, finances, and businesses – and to ensure you don’t walk away paying too much (or receiving a lot less) in alimony or child support.

Consultation with Divorce Attorney Eric M. Swinyard in SLC & Utah County

While a marriage takes less than an hour to enter into – if not handled correctly it can end in hours of unproductive and costly maneuvering. Contact Utah Divorce Attorney Eric M Swinyard, who understands that a divorce is not only a life-altering event, it is also a serious legal matter.

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    Eric M. Swinyard is a divorce and family law attorney who serves clients throughout the State of Utah. Eric’s practice is primarily focused on providing personalized, high-quality legal services to individuals involved in divorces, paternity actions, adoptions, estate planning, and other family law matters. It’s incredibly easy to be taken advantage of during litigation, especially if you are unrepresented by legal counsel. Protect Your Rights You don’t want to be in a situation where you need ...
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    Ryan Ficklin is an associate attorney at Eric M. Swinyard & Associates, PLLC. Prior to practicing law in Utah, Ryan practiced family law in Southern California. In 2017, Ryan relocated back to his home state of Utah to focus on serving the people of Utah who need legal representation, particularly in the family law realm. Ryan graduated with honors from California’s Whittier Law School in May of 2015. While in law school, Ryan was a staff member for The Journal of Child and Family Advocacy. Ryan ...
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    Keith joined Eric M. Swinyard & Associates in Fall 2020, bringing more than a decade of experience as a trial attorney in various types of legal cases. He has successfully guided hundreds of individuals through Utah’s court system. Keith previously worked at an established civil litigation firm in Salt Lake as well as a mid-sized regional law firm. He has substantive experience in a variety of practice areas and is now primarily devoted to serving individuals involved in family law cases. Keith ...
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    Mark Hales has over 17 years of legal experience in the areas of family, criminal, and civil law. He handles all types of domestic matters, including custody, divorce, child support, alimony, annulment, termination of parental rights, paternity, modifications, and adoptions. In addition, he defends clients charged with domestic violence and abuse, stalking, violations of protective orders, and other and criminal charges. Mark is a certified mediator for all legal matters and is also a certified ...
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    Justin Stringfellow has practiced family law in Utah for 20 years, bringing a wealth of experience to Eric Swinyard & Associates in areas such as divorce, custody, paternity, modifications, child support, and adoption proceedings. In the early years of his career, Justin appeared on an estimated 1,500 Protective Order matters. He is an expert in dealing with abuse and domestic violence components in family law matters. As such, he was distinguished by Utah's Domestic Violence Coalition. Justin ...
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    Eliza Crespo is an associate attorney at Eric Swinyard & Associates. Prior to joining the firm, Eliza practiced estate planning in Utah. Eliza offers a fresh set of eyes to difficult situations and is passionate about providing excellent and compassionate legal services to her clients. Through personal experience, she appreciates the impact of a listening ear and an effective advocate, especially during times of challenge or transition. Eliza obtained her bachelor’s degree and law degree from ...

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