Can I File Divorce Papers Online?

Preparing for your divorce

After you have made the decision to file for divorce, you will want it to be done as quickly as possible so you can move on with your life. Since everything else in our lives is available online, many people turn to the internet for information to help with their divorces.  This may be handy, but it may not be the best option for you.

If you and your spouse have agreed on an amicable, no-contest divorce, you may be able to fill out the paperwork yourself.  Many websites offer the papers you need to have completed to start the divorce process, but few will actually file the paperwork for you.  Your papers need to be taken to your local county clerk’s office and filed in person.  You may also have to pay the necessary fees at the time of filing.

It is wonderful if you and your spouse can agree to the terms of your divorce, but you may still want an attorney to look over the agreement before you file it.  There are many details that you may not consider and an experienced family law attorney can advise you if you have forgotten anything.

Websites that offer legal papers will often ask you questions about your situation to determine what paperwork you will need.  Make sure to answer each question as honestly as possible so you get everything you need.  The sites may even remind you of details you had not considered about your divorce.

Some sites will even prepare the paperwork for you so all you need to do is file it locally.  One downside of this is that if a mistake is made, it could take months and a lot of money to correct it.  It may seem easier to do your divorce papers online, but having an attorney might be the better choice for you.

You will not get your divorce finalized any quicker by having a website fill out your paperwork.  It still has to be filed with your county clerk of court office.  It can take six to eight weeks to get a court date.  Another good reason to have an attorney is that you have someone to call when you have questions about your divorce.  A website will only use the information you give it and cannot answer any concerns you may have.

Getting your divorce papers online may be convenient and easy, but having an attorney to look over the details may be the best option for you.

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