Are Online Divorces Legal?

Filing for divorce is one of the things in life where, once you make the decision to file, you want it over and done as soon as possible so you can move on to a happier life and leave all the anger and hurt behind. These days, when someone wants to do something fast, they turn to the internet. Divorce is no different.

Unfortunately, the internet cannot do much for you, other than provide the necessary papers to file for divorce in the county where you live. You cannot file for divorce online, yet, but can only print documents. Some websites provide you the opportunity to fill in the blanks and then print your documents, while others only let you print the forms.

Online Divorces

The forms you download from the internet are legal as long as you are sure you chose the ones from your state. However, only the forms are legal – how they are filled out needs to be considered by a judge. If you and your spouse feel you can work through an amicable divorce and fill out papers together, you should still have an attorney look over the information to be sure you have filled it out correctly.

You may have special circumstances that need to be addressed that cannot be written into the documents you find on online divorce sites. These forms can give you a good idea of what you need to consider, but they cannot give you advice like an attorney can. You may think you are saving a ton of money by doing everything yourself, but if you make a mistake, it can negatively affect your financial life for years to come.

If you truly want to finalize your divorce quickly, your best bet is to agree to an amicable divorce with your spouse. Since divorces are usually drawn out because the parties are both fighting, if you agree to disagree and go on making the best choices for you and your children, you will be able to get your divorce decree sooner.

Online divorces may be a thing of the future, but right now, you and your spouse will have to file papers with your local clerk of courts office and appear before a judge before your divorce will be finalized. When you appear in court, you will have to testify that you are there of your own free will and that you agree with what is in the documents. Only then can you receive your divorce decree.

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