Cheaper is NOT always better.
Everyone wants a good deal, myself included. However, often in life you get what you pay for!
We’ve all seen the advertisement for the $500 divorce. That could be a really good deal if everything is agreed, it’s just drafting papers and sending for entry.
But, is it a good deal when it doesn’t work? Is it a good deal when it does work, but you weren’t advised of your rights. You did not know about all of the financial and equitable relief you could have gotten.
I’ve seen agreements where the parties agreed to maintain a million dollar whole life insurance policies. They had no idea what that meant or what expense that really involved.
I’ve seen agreements that have not included the correct child support and included terms so onerous a Court would never order it otherwise.
My advice is this, if you spent more than $500 to get married, plan on spending more than $500 to get divorced.
Matthew Thompson is a civil litigation attorney in Mississippi.