Are Online Divorce Papers Legal?

When you begin thinking about a divorce, the first thing you probably did was turn to the internet to see what information was available.  The vast amount of information can be enough to make sure you never look up “divorce” again, but remember that not all of the information you find may be reliable.  For example, any site that offers to file your divorce papers for you is simply a scam.  You cannot file for divorce online.

However, you can print forms you need to start the divorce process.  These are legal (be sure to check that you are printing the forms from the state where you live and will be filing for divorce as each state has different rules about divorce) and can be a great way for you and your spouse to file an amicable divorce.

You can fill in the forms and print them or some sites will only allow you to print what you need.  Even if you plan on hiring an attorney to file your paperwork, you may choose to print the forms as a way to get an idea of what information your lawyer will need.  Make sure that if you choose to do this, you are able to print the forms for free – why spend that extra money if you don’t need to?

If you are lucky enough to be able to work with your spouse for an amicable divorce, you should still have a family law attorney look at your possible settlement agreement.  This may seem like a waste of money, but your divorce will have some effect on the rest of your life.  You don’t want to save a few hundred dollars now only to have it cost you thousands of dollars later in life.

There are simply too many things that need to be considered in your divorce.  Retirement plans, income taxes and social security are often forgotten items that need an expert’s advice.  You don’t want to owe the Internal Revenue Service a ton of money because you and your ex didn’t consider who was going to claim your children as dependents.  Also, you need to remember that any time you filed as “married, filing jointly” on your income taxes, you are both responsible for that information – even years after your divorce.

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Choosing to print divorce forms from the internet is legal, but it may not be the best choice for you.  If you are comfortable with trusting your spouse to be honest and straightforward in writing the settlement, it may be possible to use these forms.  It is still a great idea to have an attorney look at it before you file.

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