When it comes to divorce, you’re likely looking for the most inexpensive method possible. Do it yourself divorce offers a way to save money, as it is entirely lawyer-free. However, there is a right and a wrong way to go about DIY divorce, and knowing all the details will help you in the long run.
Simply put, DIY divorce is a cheap alternative to divorce court. Some feel lawyers are far too costly, or their lawyer has recently dumped them. DIY divorce offers an easy fix for both issues. Many feel that by opting for the route without lawyers, they’ll maintain a friendly relationship with their ex.
As long as there is no contest in the divorce, you can file all of the paperwork yourself. After submitting the paperwork to your local courthouse (or online in some cases), you may be finished with the process. In other cases, the court will mail you an appointment for mediation. The mediator will not have a side in the divorce, rather guide the conversation and the topics that you and your spouse should cover.
Many who opt for a DIY divorce find it comes back to bite them. Typically, those seeking a divorce do not fill out the paperwork correctly. Sometimes online divorces have no financial agreements or consent forms signed. So your spouse may be entitled to any wealth you acquire after your divorce. For example, if you did a DIY divorce and won the lottery months later, your ex could be privy to some of the cash. The divorce itself doesn’t protect you from your ex bringing claims against you.
Because there is no tangible, court-certified document verifying the divorce, couples are still married in the eyes of the court. If you have a do it yourself divorce and remarry years later, police could arrest you for bigamy.
These divorces also have a one-size-fits-all approach, meaning documents do not take additional assets and issues regarding children into account. It is strictly administrative, rather than keeping all financial assets in mind.
DIY divorces are simple if you have all of the facts and know where to go for questions. Follow these tips and tricks to be sure you’re doing what’s best for you in your divorce:
DIY divorce can be a service to you, however contacting a lawyer beforehand is in your best interest. Contact us for a consultation to keep your best interests and assets at heart.
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