It may seem like a callous concern, but the financial impact of divorce can be staggering. Many many people worry solely about expenses that come after divorce, such as the burden of property division, child support and alimony. However, the cost associated with the divorce process itself can be overwhelming.

Fortunately, there are ways to save money on your divorce. According to Forbes magazine, opting for a collaborative divorce can save a lot of money, as can being careful with how you contact your lawyer.

What is collaborative divorce? 

Collaborative divorce typically involves each party having their own lawyer. The two lawyers and the ex-spouses meet together to discuss the terms of the divorce. This saves a lot of money as compared to a trial divorce. With a trial divorce, the proceedings may last for months or even years. Additionally, trial divorces require a multitude of legal personnel. Collaborative divorce tends to be much faster and less expensive.

However, in order for a collaborative divorce to be fruitful, both parties must collaborate. If you and your ex-spouse cannot be in the same room without an argument, this may not be an option for you.

How can I communicate effectively with my lawyer? 

Divorce is an emotional process, but when you are talking with your lawyer it is best to keep it strictly business. For instance, most lawyers work on a billable hours system. Calling your lawyer on the phone will almost certainly take longer than sending an email.

While there are certain aspects of your divorce that are best-discussed over the phone or in person, consider your medium of communication carefully. Sending well-crafted, concise emails can save a lot of money.