Should You Opt for a DIY Divorce?
The COVID-19 quarantine has caused many couples to reconsider their marriage. Being cooped up with someone 24/7 can be a recipe for disaster. Spouses have gotten so sick of each other that many have even filed for divorce.
However, with law firms changing their business operations and courts shut down, some couples are wondering if they should just handle their divorce on their own. If both parties agree to the divorce and have no disagreements over the main issues—essentially an uncontested divorce—then is a DIY divorce a good choice?
Not necessarily. While you may think that handling your divorce on your own will make things go faster, you could end up delaying things even more, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the legal system. Additionally, getting the best outcome for yourself and your children (if any) takes time. It’s not something you rush through simply for the sake of getting it over with.
Many people attempt DIY divorces in an effort to save time and money. If the couple was married a short time and there are no children and few assets involved, then it’s possible that a DIY divorce could work. However, you and your spouse need to be on the same page in every aspect. If there is any disagreement at all, then you could try to work things out with mediation. If that doesn’t work, then it’s time to go to court.
In addition, you need to be on top of all the paperwork. If it’s not thoroughly completed or if you miss a deadline, there will be delays. There’s a lot at stake, which can be frustrating for someone who is going through a very emotional event and has little or no legal experience.
That’s why hiring a lawyer is recommended. A family law attorney can help you in many ways. Because they take care of everything, it means less stress for you. They are experienced and know the laws, so you don’t have to worry about the next steps. Also, lawyers can give you good advice. You can’t rely on state laws to ensure your rights are protected. If you’re concerned about child custody or asset division, a lawyer can help. Those aren’t topics you want to deal with on your own.
A lawyer can also create a binding agreement free of mistakes. Lawyers know what to include in a divorce decree. They know the right language to use to ensure this document is clear and legally binding. If you make a mistake in your DIY divorce, your divorce decree may not even be valid. Why would you want to take that risk?
Seek Help for Your Divorce
Not all divorces are created equal. While you think you may be able to quickly and easily settle your divorce on your own, you will likely discover that divorces are complicated.
The experienced Dade City & Zephyrhills divorce attorneys at Mander Law Group can guide you through the divorce process. We can help you avoid delays and ensure that your rights are protected. To schedule a consultation, call our office at (800) 557-0411 or fill out the online form.