August 4, 2015

The Affordable Divorce

158926205-hands-holding-piggy-bank-gettyimagesThe truly affordable divorce may be the stuff of legend but there are a few things you can do to keep your costs down. First and foremost is to be prepared and organized, having the information you need readily at hand will keep the process moving forward. Remember, procrastination is a great way to drive up costs.

Another way to cut costs is to ask the right questions to the right people. By all means, ask your lawyer all your legal questions, but if you need financial advice, emotional support, or parenting advice look to other experts. If you really want to be frugal, write down your questions and ask them all in a block so that you  are talking with each expert only once a week and not every time a question comes up.

Speaking of legal advice, you’ll save money if you listen to your lawyer. I’m aware that the internet is packed full of information and I know that your friends mean well, but these sources may not be aware of the nuances of your situation. If you feel you need a second opinion, talk to another lawyer.

Finally, consider developing a divorce mission statement – this is part and parcel of the Collaborative Process, though we call refer to it as setting goals. A mission statement should be a guide, a compass to keep you on the path of an intentional, peaceful divorce. Your mission statement should speak to the things you want to be true about you, your family, and your divorce once your divorce is complete. It should speak to who you want to be in this new future you are crafting and should resonate with your core values.

Bruce Cameron
Attorney, Cameron Law, PLLC

Bruce Cameron, JD, MS is a second career attorney, practicing Quaker, and advocate for small town law practices. His solo practice focuses exclusively on collaborative law and mediation with just a soupçon of estate planning for excitement. Bruce believes that alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, like collaborative law and mediation, are powerful positive means to reduce the destructive conflict typical of litigation. He has found that a little peacemaking tends to produce better outcomes for his clients. Learn more at

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