Many people feel that divorce attorneys charge too much and want to try a do-it-yourself divorce. While this type of divorce is legally recognized in every state, you should be completely sure this is what you want. You and your spouse may save a little money now, but the long term repercussions of your do-it-yourself divorce may make you wish you had opted for the attorney.
Before you decide a do-it-yourself divorce is right for you, ask yourself the following questions. Are you and your spouse completely in agreement about custody arrangements, financial arrangements and division of property? Are you sure you know exactly what your family’s assets and liabilities are? If you are completely comfortable with the agreement you have with your spouse, then a do-it-yourself divorce is a possibility.
Each state has its own guidelines for do-it-yourself divorces. Make sure you take the time to gather all of the documents you will need and be sure to research your state’s guidelines carefully. Remember that not only will you have to take care of all of the paperwork you will still have to deal with all of the emotions that come with a divorce. Many people have discovered that this is too much for them to handle and turn to a divorce attorney.
Another aspect of a do-it-yourself divorce you need to consider is the long term consequences pertaining to your income taxes. You may want to contact a financial advisor or an accountant about any issues that may come up in the future with your tax situation.
If you are sure a do-it-yourself divorce is what you want, the first place to start is your county clerk’s office. While they cannot prepare any documents for you, they can provide you with some basic information about what you will need to proceed. They can also tell you what fees your county will require and where you need to file your papers.
There are document preparation services that can fill out your paperwork for a do-it-yourself divorce and for a fee they will even file these papers for you. Be sure to ask about all fees that might be incurred for this service, though, as it can be several hundred dollars.
While a do-it-yourself divorce is legally recognized in all states, it may not be the best option for you. Hiring an attorney will be money well spent when you realize all of the headaches and stress that may occur with filing your divorce on your own. Cheaper is not always the best way to go.