Going through the stress of a divorce can be an emotionally trying and often long and expensive process. There are some “do-it-yourself” and “cheap divorce” services available, but these come with some often overlooked and inherent dangers. Let’s take a closer look at some of these divorce options.
Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce
A divorce falls into one of two categories – contested or uncontested. A contested divorce occurs when both parties cannot reach an agreement on their own and the court must decide the outcome of the separation, specifically in regard to asset distribution, child custody, child support, debt allocation, and spousal support. The process is often contentious, lengthy, and the most expensive option.
On the other hand, if both spouses are in agreement on the majority of these issues, then an uncontested divorce is perhaps their best option. This simply means that the two parties can come to an agreement without the need for a judge to make the final decision. This method of divorce is faster, simpler, and generally less stressful than a contested divorce.
If your situation aligns with the requirements for an uncontested divorce, there are many well-publicized, “cheap” services for which you may be eligible. The problem is that some of these services are often more trouble than they’re worth.
The Problems with “Do-It-Yourself” and “Cheap Divorce” Services
You have no doubt seen signs and ads for “do-it-yourself divorce” or “cheap divorce” services. These are low-cost services for married couples wanting an uncontested divorce, and they can be very attractive for spouses looking to not spend a ton of money on their divorce. It’s up to you to decide if the perceived monetary savings is worth the risk of choosing one of these options.
They are Not Attorneys
The major problem is that neither one of these options is performed by an actual attorney. At best, with the “cheap divorce” option, it’s a filing service done by a paralegal. At worst, with “do-it-yourself,” you’re the one filling out all of the paperwork and filing it, and that in itself is a highly-detailed and daunting task. Either way, you’re the one responsible for ensuring that the paperwork is filled out and filed correctly.
The Better Option: Uncontested Divorce with a Family Law Attorney
When navigating through your divorce, you’ll need exactly what “do-it-yourself” and “cheap divorce” services can’t give you – a qualified family law attorney to advise you. Paralegal services do not have your best interests in mind, and they are not allowed to give you legal advice.
If your situation is right for an uncontested divorce, your best option is still hiring a qualified divorce attorney to guide you through the process, advice you on your options, and take care of the detailed legal paperwork.
AB Law offers an affordable uncontested divorce service. Contact us today for a free consultation.