Divorce has a reputation for both taking a lot of time and costing a lot of money. If you believe that a divorce is in your immediate future, you may have put off discussing the dissolution of your marriage with your spouse solely out of concern for how the divorce could affect your finances. 

The good news is that with a little planning and cooperation between you and your ex, there is actually an option that can help you end your marriage legally while still keeping expenses to a minimum.

When you agree on terms, the courts will play a much smaller role

It is not possible to get a divorce without going to court, but that doesn’t mean that the courts have to manage every step of the process. If you and your ex agree on a fair way to split up your assets and debts and allocate parenting time if you share children, you could theoretically file for an uncontested divorce. Mediation can help you reach those important agreements on specific terms. 

Unlike a litigated divorce, an uncontested divorce doesn’t require that you provide testimony or evidence to the courts. Instead, you provide them with your agreement with your spouse and wait for them to formalize your divorce. Because you require less time with a judge, you will incur substantially fewer costs from the courts (and likely from your attorneys as well).

If keeping costs to a minimum is of the utmost importance to you and your divorce, discussing the possibility of an uncontested divorce with your ex could be a great way to end your marriage without busting your budget.