do-it-yourself divorce

Is Do-It-Yourself Divorce For You?

do-it-yourself divorceStress, anxiety, and expense seem to be unavoidable consequences of divorce. At least part of the reason for this is the involvement of lawyers in the divorce process. Not all lawyers have the best interests of their client at heart and a heavily contested divorce can lead to higher legal fees.

A do-it-yourself divorce may be the answer if you and your spouse want to dissolve your marriage with a minimum amount of stress, animosity and expense.

A do-it-yourself divorce is possible in all states if you and your spouse can agree on the fundamental issues you will be able to file an uncontested divorce.

The Kids Come First

You and your spouse must be in agreement on all aspects of care and custody of your children. This means you must be clear about who will have primary custody of the kids. You must agree on a visitation schedule for the non-custodial parent, where the visits will take place and for how long. You must agree on the amount of child support and draw up a payment schedule.

Dividing Mutual Property

You and your spouse must be able to agree on a fair division of your property so that you are both satisfied with the division. If you own a house you must be able to agree on whom will get possession of the house and on what terms. If you can’t agree on terms then you will have to sell the house and divide the proceeds between you. The division of funds does not have to be an equal 50-50 split, as long as you both agree on an equitable sharing.

You must also agree on the division of all other mutual property as well, this will entail things like who gets the car, the big screen TV etc. Take an inventory of your home contents and create a list. Go through the list and calmly decide who gets what. Keep going until you are both satisfied with the division.

If you and your spouse can agree on the basic issues and maintain a civil relationship, you will be excellent candidates for a DIY divorce. The two of you can make the procedure even easier by using an online divorce document service.

Should You File A Do-It-Yourself Divorce

DIY divorce is not for everyone. If you can’t agree on the fundamental issues then you definitely will need a lawyer. There are also other issues that should be considered as well.

For instance: Is your spouse reliable? Can you trust that your spouse will keep to the agreements you make, especially concerning child support and custody. If you don’t have faith in your spouse’s ability to a keep a promise then you are better off retaining the services of a lawyer.

Has there been spousal or child abuse during your marriage? If you or your children have been victims of abuse, retaining a lawyer is vital, and make sure the lawyer knows about the abuse so they can properly advise you.

If You Qualify, DIY Divorce May Be A Good Choice For You.

Divorce is quite common these days but not all divorce actions need to be handled by lawyers or be settled in a court. If you and your spouse still retain a civil and respectful relationship respect and agree and stick to your agreements then you can save anxiety and expense with a do-it-yourself divorce.

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