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September 24, 2010
15 top questions for a divorce lawyer
(Mediate Michigan doesn’t agree with all the information in this article however the article provides a good overview. Please note: specifics in the law vary from state to state.)
Anyone going through or contemplating a divorce has basic questions in mind, so DoOver.com asked leading divorce attorney Mary Commander.
What the first piece of advice you give to divorce clients?
The advice I give everyone is to try to avoid litigation because of the emotional wear-and-tear and the expense. If you can look at alternative means of settling your case, then you’re the one who controls your fate – not a judge.
What’s the difference in cost between mediating and litigating a case?
In 30 years of practicing, I’ve always said that you’re going to spend 10 times more on a contested case than an uncontested case, but now I think that might be low. The truth is you have no idea what the costs will be if you argue in court.
What can you do to make sure your divorce is uncontested and you don’t have to argue in court?
A lot of it depends on who your ex-spouse hires as an attorney. If he hires someone with a mean and nasty mindset like he has, then there’s not a lot you can do. Except courts these days are very interested in getting people into mediation. A lot of times you will have a spouse who has unrealistic ideas, and one trip to court will show them the reality.