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11 Ways to Cut Divorce Costs

You should always bear in mind that most Ontario lawyers charge 
by the hour. You may reduce your costs of divorce by addressing the following:

#1. Obtain the original of your Marriage Certificate before you start proceedings.
Discuss the date of separation with your spouse and if possible agree upon it.
Different dates have different consequences when it comes to division of assets 
and if the parties are in agreement on the date, there is less to argue about. If in doubt, seek advice from your lawyer.

#2. Discuss custody issues with your spouse and attempt to 
resolve who gets custody. Two mature people should be able to act in the 
best interests of the children without lawyers. Most experienced matrimonial counsel would not recommend choosing joint or shared custody for negotiating strategies or by way of compensation for injured feelings. These solutions should be reserved for people who can set aside their own agendas when making decisions about the children.

#3. Have an access schedule worked out in advance with your spouse. The person who doesn’t 
have custody normally obtains specified access . This access should also work from the child’s point of view.

#4. List all assets of both parties, identify whose name they are in, and when they were obtained.

#5. List all debts of both parties, identify whose name they are in, and when they were incurred. Make sure you have up to date figures.

#6. Set out details of any motor vehicle accident or damage settlements obtained during the marriage.

#7. Set out details of any estates settled upon either party during the marriage.

#8. Set out the financial picture of the parties at the date of the marriage.

#9. Set out the pension details of all pensions for both parties and obtain details of any medical problems of either party.

#10. Obtain proper arms length appraisals of any assets.
...... and, perhaps the most important thing, 

#11. Keep the lines of communication open and avoid inflaming 
the situation.

Please note: If you are involved in a matrimonial dispute, we strongly recommend that you retain a lawyer to represent you at the first possible opportunity;
This site and this note are designed only to acquaint you with a few (and only a few) of the issues that may affect you. It is not intended as legal advice on any specific case. You are well advised to retain the services of an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. 
11 Ways to Cut Divorce Costs

You should always bear in mind that most Ontario lawyers charge 
by the hour. You may reduce your costs of divorce by addressing the following:

#1. Obtain the original of your Marriage Certificate before you start proceedings.
Discuss the date of separation with your spouse and if possible agree upon it.
Different dates have different consequences when it comes to division of assets 
and if the parties are in agreement on the date, there is less to argue about. If in doubt, seek advice from your lawyer.

#2. Discuss custody issues with your spouse and attempt to 
resolve who gets custody. Two mature people should be able to act in the 
best interests of the children without lawyers. Most experienced matrimonial counsel would not recommend choosing joint or shared custody for negotiating strategies or by way of compensation for injured feelings. These solutions should be reserved for people who can set aside their own agendas when making decisions about the children.

#3. Have an access schedule worked out in advance with your spouse. The person who doesn’t 
have custody normally obtains specified access . This access should also work from the child’s point of view.

#4. List all assets of both parties, identify whose name they are in, and when they were obtained.

#5. List all debts of both parties, identify whose name they are in, and when they were incurred. Make sure you have up to date figures.

#6. Set out details of any motor vehicle accident or damage settlements obtained during the marriage.

#7. Set out details of any estates settled upon either party during the marriage.

#8. Set out the financial picture of the parties at the date of the marriage.

#9. Set out the pension details of all pensions for both parties and obtain details of any medical problems of either party.

#10. Obtain proper arms length appraisals of any assets.
...... and, perhaps the most important thing, 

#11. Keep the lines of communication open and avoid inflaming 
the situation.

Please note: If you are involved  in a matrimonial dispute, we 
strongly recommend that you retain a lawyer to represent 
you at the first   possible opportunity;
This site and this note are designed only to acquaint you with a 
few (and only a few) of the issues that may affect you. 
It is not intended as legal advice on any specific case. 
You are well advised to retain the services of an 
experienced lawyer as soon as possible. 
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