There is a great article in the Wall Street Journal about how to divorce without laying out a fortune in the process. Writer Mary Pilon describes cost factors of divorce and ways to keep your costs down from do-it-yourself to collaborative divorce.
Based on my experience in Bryan/College Station and Houston, the least expensive divorce is done by striking an agreement between the two of you and taking it to an attorney to write up the necessary documents. If you are having trouble getting your spouse to agree on things or you want to be sure you are making smart decisions, try the ala carte menu method. Get an hour or two with divorce professionals who are not attorneys.
Divorce CPA – Connect with a divorce CPA for a short consultation. Lay out your financial situation and ask for suggestions on property division. Ask for tips how to do the actual division – the steps to change ownership of investments, retirement accounts, etc. You can get this done online or in person. CPAs charge less than attorneys and know more about the financial issues and details.
Divorce Parenting Coordinator – Find a Parenting Coordinator to consult with if you and your spouse cannot agree on how to share your children. Parenting Coordinators charge less than attorneys and have more experience in advising families in divorce.
If you want names of divorce CPAs or Parenting Coordinators, contact me. If you are in the Bryan/College Station or Houston area, I can direct you to local specialists and even an attorney who just writes up the documents but stays out of the courtroom.