My spouse states she will only grant me a divorce if I pay off a debt that we both shared and they had been paying till about a year ago as I had been paying another similar amount for medical insurance. We have received a notice stating that we have to start paying the installments by end of this month or the entire debt will be due. I don’t have money to pay attorneys fees and have been burnt before by an attorney billing me for everything. Can you recommend a strategy for me so that if I need to use an attorney I can have them do specific items I instruct them to and for a set fee?
Sometimes it is difficult for an attorney to predict how much work will need to be done due to uncertainties such as length of negotiations, unanticipated court filings, lack of cooperation or response from the other side, etc. But generally, the more concise and orderly way you can give information to your attorney is very helpful. If you need to provide documentation, having that documentation labeled and the relevant points marked can also be very helpful for the attorney.
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