The amount of time it takes the average person to shower; the amount of time it takes the average person to eat a hamburger; the amount of time it takes the average person to get a latte at Starbucks — that’s the average amount of time it takes a good attorney to predict the outcome of your divorce. Fifteen minutes. The prediction is almost always accurate, regardless of how many years intervene between the 15-minute assessment and the delivery of the Divorce Decree.
In general, most divorces come with a standard set of issues that are neither unique nor complicated. The same issues come up over and over again: how the property and assets are going to be divided, who is going to live in the marital house, how much support one spouse pays to another, who gets primary custody of the children, and the degree to which each spouse must contribute to familial costs. These decisions are based on standard questions about earnings differentials, earnings potentials, where the children spend the majority of their time, and the length of marriage.
Every family law matter adjudicates these issues. A good, experienced attorney can take a look at the presenting information and predict what is going to happen with them in 15 minutes.
So if the divorce process is essentially formulaic, and the same issues arise in each case, why does divorce take so long and cost so much?
There are two answers. One, the court system is a morass of delays, bureaucracy, and overburdened employees, all leading to a longer divorce time. Two, people fight. A spouse is 20 minutes late dropping off the kids. Offensive emails are sent and received. Extramarital affairs are discovered. These are painful issues, but while they end up having little impact on your case, they contribute significantly to the length of time it takes to get to a resolution and the cost of arriving there.
There is a solution to all of this: SnapDivorce. It gets couples to the same place they would end up after a traditional, over-lawyered, court-processed divorce, but at a fraction of the cost, time, and stress. If you have any doubts, just ask someone who has been through the ringer of a traditional divorce, and who is still wondering why something that could have been resolved in 15 minutes took all those years and all that money.