Has your marriage run its course, agreed to call it a day? In our society, there will always be marriage, and there will always be divorcing. A stressful and painful event that can be straightforward and cheap or emotionally and financially crippling – the last thing you need is to add to that stress by worrying about how you will cover the divorce lawyer costs.
As one of the top divorce specialists in South Africa, we’re here to give you some good solid advice on how to keep those costs right down. Follow these two guidelines and your divorce will be quick, straightforward and cheap.
Stay far away from cheap, aggressive divorce lawyers
Based on your particular circumstance, it’s normal for a spouse to be filled with rage and vengeance. Maybe you want to punish your spouse by going out and finding the cheapest and most aggressive lawyer you can find, hoping they will make them suffer. But, what many scorned people don’t realise is that they’re not just hurting their spouse by doing this, they’re hurting themselves and their children. Many cheap, aggressive divorce lawyers prey on uninformed and distressed people with little or no experience in Divorce Law. These are the divorce lawyers you need to steer clear of.
Contested vs. uncontested
While divorce in South Africa is pretty much straightforward, it can either be cheap or costly. This depends on the circumstances of your divorce. While the South African Divorce Act 70 of 1979 provides for a no-fault divorce, there are typically two types of divorces: contested and uncontested. The divorce, you choose will dictate your divorce lawyer’s costs. Whereas a contested divorce can take years to complete and can leave both parties financially shattered, an uncontested divorce is straightforward, cheap and quick.
The bottom line is that a divorce can be financially and emotionally crippling on both parties involved, and not only do your costs depend on the divorce lawyer you hire, but it also hinges on the divorce you choose.