If you and your ex can cooperate on terms for your divorce then an uncontested divorce is the smartest option available.
An uncontested divorce can be had in about 60 days and for about $550.00 in court filing fees and another $3 or 400 for an agent or paralegal, possibly less if you can do the work yourself.
Uncontested divorce procedures are designed to be simple and require much less paperwork, fewer court appearances and less time.
Caution: Be very clear on all the costs quoted you in any divorce or other legal action. There can be unquoted "disbursements" or "court fees" Ask before you retain anyone.
Ideally uncontested divorces are for couples who have been married for a relatively short time, have no minor children, and have no substantial real estate assets, joint or separate financial assets.
Even if children or significant assets are involved, if the parties can resolve the key issues themselves they should be able to file for an uncontested divorce.
How It Can Help In Controlling Divorce Costs
Mediators are neutral third parties who will help the couple cut through the nonsense and reach an agreement for their divorce. The couple avoids the costs of litigation. The mediator helps the parties communicate amicably and reasonably to reach a fair and equitable arrangement for their divorce and related matters. Be careful about choosing mediators. Double check their qualifications.
Arbitration Is Binding Mediation
It may be used when couples want to agree, but need a little push.
Many lawyers now offer collaboration which simply means the lawyers abandon their usual adversarial approach and all parties work together to sort out the problems out of court and without the insanity of law suits, motions, counter motions, threats and counter threats.