Australian Couple Spends $2 Million, 15 Years on Divorce

One Australian couple can vouch for the fact that divorce is seldom quick and painless. This past June, their divorce was at long last finalized after 15 years of negotiations and more than $2 million in legal fees. 

It seems the court refused to rule on a property dispute until the couple settled a pending business compensation claim. In the meantime, the husband refused to produce documents and bank statements, while stalling on submitting affidavits in a timely manner. 

A Quicker Divorce

When divorcing spouses carry marital grudges and a desire for retribution into the mediation room, it can extend the length of time until a final decree is issued and can cost the couple thousands in legal fees. Avoiding this type of situation is in your own best interest, as is moving on with your life and putting the past behind you.

The easiest, least stressful, and quickest way to move through the divorce process is to file an uncontested divorce. This requires that you and your spouse agree on all major issues concerning:

  • Property division
  • Debt division
  • Custody and visitation
  • Child and spousal support
  • Life and health insurance
  • Issues involving a couple’s children, such as education or religion

Even if you have an agreement on a divorce settlement and other related issues, it is recommended that you retain an attorney to review your settlement paperwork to ensure it’s fair and equitable.  

A More Cost-Effective Divorce

You need to recognize that divorce litigation can be quite expensive. If you find that you and your spouse cannot agree on all major issues, you may want to consider collaborative divorce. Collaborative divorce is an alternative to litigation that is much more cost-effective.

The collaborative divorce process helps couples focus on negotiating and resolving conflict to reach an agreement that is acceptable to both parties. Because it involves both parties collaborating and communicating with each other, it is often less stressful and contentious. This is especially important for alleviating trauma on children of divorcing couples. 

Finally, because many Texas counties will seal records of the dissolution in a collaborative divorce, fewer details are made a part of the public record. This ensures greater privacy in high profile divorces or in cases in which a couple’s personal or professional reputation could be damaged by the release of too much information.  

The Most Effective Solution for You

At the Law Office of V. Wayne Ward, we recognize that divorce is rarely quick or painless. That’s why we focus on helping you find the most effective solution possible for your marriage dissolution. For more information or to schedule your initial consultation, call us at 817-789-4436 or schedule an appointment online.