While it may seem like a smart idea, "do it yourself" divorces are not going to give you the end results you want. In fact, you should really think twice before ever seeking to go through a divorce without the help of a skilled and experienced divorce attorney who can guide you every step of the way. There are a number of divorce ploys online that are trying to entice people to DIY divorces for just a small fee. Sites like this are not only taking people's money, but they are encouraging people to go through their divorce without any instruction from a legal expert. Sadly, even Craigslist is soliciting people to do divorce on their own for a "discounted price" when compared to actual legal services.
So, what is the cost? Just because a divorcee is going to cough up a smaller amount of money for the DIY option, does it really mean that they will walk out of their divorce on top? The truth is, filing for a divorce without a lawyer representing you is risky business, and it can grow even more complicating when you choose to go without representation when your spouse has an attorney by their side.
One important factor that soon to be divorcees must take into consideration is that it is technically illegal for a person who is not a lawyer to be giving out legal advice to another. For example, Suzy Smith may be selling her DIY divorce services online, but has no experience with the law. Therefore the question then remains, does she actually have the right to tell you how to fill out the legal documents that coincide with your divorce? Possibly not. One of the biggest "cons" about doing a divorce on your own is the fact that in most cases you will not be able to walk away with as much property or money from the split as you might with the help of an attorney.
Those who choose to DIY their divorce are often left without the opportunity to have all of their rights protected. Because a lawyer is specifically trained in their field to understand all of the laws pertaining to that area (in this case divorce and family law in CA) when you choose to not have their guidance, you may be missing out on certain entitlements in the divorce.
If you are considering filing for a divorce, before you diced to do it yourself, schedule a consultation with your trusted Mission Viejo divorce lawyer at our firm. Attorney Daniel C. Hunter IV, The Hunter Law Group will discuss with you the many avaliable options. We are highly experienced in the matters of family law and divorce and we would love to help instruct you and protect your rights along the way. Contact us today for more information on how we can help you!