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I’m Getting a Nice Tax Refund, and Spending it on a Divorce Attorney!


If you’ve been considering divorce for some time, but just haven’t been able to scrape together enough money to cover the legal fees, you may be in luck.  Couples across the country are finding that splitting up is worth every dollar when they have a chunk of cash coming back from Uncle Sam.


Every divorce is different, and the complexity of your circumstances, as well as your ability to negotiate the terms amicably with your soon-to-be ex, will have a significant impact on how much money you’ll be on the hook for in a divorce. Messy, complicated situations with a lot of argument over who-gets-what can be over $20 grand, while simple splits that don’t involve a lot of property or children will be just a fraction of that amount.

Justifying the Plunge to Singlehood 

Does it stress you out to think of spending your hard-earned cash to escape a miserable marriage? If you know you are in a loveless or failing relationship, perhaps it’s time to just take considered and deliberate action. Maybe you need to sit down and figure out how you can justify the move:

  1. Look at money as a tool. Its purpose is to get you the things you need—and what do you need more right now than a divorce?
  2. People in rotten marriages wind up spending lots of money—on booze or other escapes– trying to forget about their misery. Why not just spend it on getting what you really want?
  3. The alternative is unfair to everyone involved.  So get out.
  4. You only live once.  Do you want to spend your life in a space of such unhappiness?
  5. The future is your oyster.  Take the dive. You may find an amazing new reality.

What’s the Procedure? 

  1. First things first: get a straight-shooting divorce attorney to look after your interests. You want someone who will be tough, but ethical.
  2. Have the discussion: acknowledge with your spouse how you’re feeling and what you want to do. Be kind. Be respectful. Be honest.
  3. Have your attorney file the paperwork.
  4. Negotiations begin. For some, it’s a simple process.  Others may require mediation to suss out the more sensitive issues. If it becomes a down-and-out battle, it will stretch out over months or years, and cost a boatload of money. So strive for an amicable arrangement.
  5. Go to court, where the judge will determine how things unfold.
  6. Start anew.

The Legal Counsel You Deserve 

Ending a marriage is no easy task, but that doesn’t make it any less necessary for some people.  If that describes your situation, now may be the moment to take steps toward a happy and rewarding life outside the marriage that has been restraining you for so long. For experienced legal help, contact the knowledgeable Springfield divorce attorneys at Courtney & Mills for a confidential consultation today.

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