MORE RULES COST YOU MORE MONEY...........by Steve Duhl 
Monday, December 6, 2010, 08:47 PM
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In the beginning, 25 years ago, when I had a lot more hair, getting divorced was expensive. This was before the days of
CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINES WORKSHEETS and NOTICES OF SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER and NOTICES OF RELATED CASES and CERTIFICATES OF COMPLETION OF PARENTING CLASSES. It was even before CIVIL COVER SHEETS.

This was before the days of judges mistrusting lawyers and reviewing and changing what the parties agreed to. This was before judges quit trusting lawyers who said "Judge, the child suppport is according to the guidelines." and, so, it was before judges started doing the child support math themselves. This was before twenty page PARENTING PLANS. It was before MANDATORY DISCLSOURE. It was before the day that committees of over-eager lawyers came up with new complicated rules for the rest of us to follow and new and complicated forms that ran up the cost of what was already expensive enough.

It was before the legislature decided that we all should split time up with the kids 50/50. It was back when we knew that a lot of parents who said that they wanted the kids half the time were really just trying to get out from having to pay child support.

I had a mediator, talking to my client and the other side a few days ago say: "...and if you don't work everything out, the judge will probably send you back to mediation." Which implied, I guess, that the time that I am talking about was back when judges were still trying cases.

All of this was back in the day when there were fewer lawyers which meant, on the one hand, that there was less competition. And the increased competition that exists now should make prices lower. But it was also back in the day when lawyers had too many cases and they didn't have to run up their bill on just a few cases to make the payment on their yacht.

I am not complaining that getting divorced is more complicated and costly than it was 25 years ago. But I would figure that there are a lot of other people complaining about it....so that I don't have to.


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