Ideas to Help you Get Divorced Affordably in O’Fallon IL

March 4, 2024

Disclaimer: This blog post is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Consult with a qualified attorney for personalized guidance regarding your specific divorce situation.


Divorce in O’Fallon, IL, can be emotionally and financially overwhelming. While having a traditional lawyer on your side offers invaluable support, the high cost can feel insurmountable, especially with limited resources. But you don’t have to go through this alone. This blog post empowers you by exploring affordable alternatives to traditional lawyers paid a retainer and hourly rate.


Understanding Your Needs:

Before exploring your options, take a moment to assess your individual situation. Consider the complexity of your divorce, the presence of children, and the level of agreement with your spouse. This will help you determine which path best suits your needs.


Affordable Alternatives to Lawyers Who Charge a Retainer & Hourly Rate:

  • Mediation: A neutral third-party facilitator guides you and your spouse to reach a mutually agreeable resolution on property division, child custody, and spousal support. This process can be significantly more affordable than litigation and focuses on collaborative solutions.
  • Agreed or Uncontested Divorce: If you and your soon-to-be-ex can work through issues like who is responsible for what debts, who is getting which car, and a parenting schedule, you can get divorced with my help for a considerably lower price. I do not often bill clients by the hour and am usually able to offer a payment plan.
  • Collaborative Divorce: This approach involves working with your spouse and specially trained professionals, including lawyers and financial advisors, to reach mutually beneficial agreements about property division, child custody, and other crucial aspects of separation. Through honest communication and open collaboration, you can create a customized solution that prioritizes your shared goals and minimizes conflict. This can not only save you money but also preserve a more respectful and amicable relationship, especially beneficial for both you and your family moving forward.
  • Negotiated Divorce: A negotiated divorce, unlike its adversarial counterpart, a litigated divorce, focuses on compromise and collaboration to reach an agreement acceptable to both parties. Both parties are represented by attorneys and you and your spouse work together, with your lawyers to exchange settlement offers. It requires you to provide your attorney with documents (discovery) and to be patient. It is more adversarial than a collaborative divorce, as the attorneys can use the help of a judge to resolve issues in some circumstances. This method requires open communication and a willingness to understand each other’s needs and an ability to compromise.


While negotiation requires navigating differences, it empowers you to guide the outcome and potentially reduce emotional strain and legal costs compared to litigation. This approach promotes a sense of fairness and fosters a more amicable environment for moving forward, potentially benefitting both you and your future.


Leveraging Resources in O’Fallon, IL:

  • Communicate openly and honestly with your spouse: Collaboration and compromise can significantly reduce legal costs. An uncontested divorce can cost less than $3,000, collaborative and negotiated divorces can cost less than $7,000. Compared to litigation, where you do not know the final cost, these are considerably more affordable.
  • Gather necessary documents: Organize financial statements, tax returns, and other relevant paperwork. Be organized.
  • Explore payment plans: Some lawyers offer flexible payment options, so inquire about possibilities. I certainly do: I offer payment plans for uncontested divorces and third-party financing as well.


Stay away from the sites that purport to prepare your divorce papers for a very low cost. I have seen piles of these because I get contacted to fix them after the Judge rejects them. Don’t waste your time or hard earned money buying garbage. None of these sites tell you that you’ll pay the filing fee, plus a service charge and they will not refund your money if they are rejected by the Judge. Nor do they spell out all of the terms a professionally crafted divorce does. Finally, they do not give you any legal advice, much less any help navigating the e-filing system.


You deserve a smooth divorce process without breaking the bank. Let’s discuss your options. Contact me today for personalized guidance. I handle uncontested, collaborative and negotiated divorces for a reasonable fee. Call me or schedule your appointment here.