Can I get divorce without a lawyer?
It is now possible to file your own divorce and finish the process without an attorney’s assistance. But consider different scenarios before starting a do-it-yourself (DIY) divorce.
You’re probably a good candidate for a DIY divorce if:
- You and your spouse agree on all matters (property division, custody and, support)
- You are satisfied that you have complete and fairly simple information about the assets and debts of your family.
- You are satisfied with custody and support arrangements for your children and shared parenting time. You think the settlement is fair and reasonable, in other words.
Avoid DIY if There is Anger or Deception
You’re not a good candidate for DIY divorce your spouse is a cauldron of unresolved anger, so the spouse is a danger to you or your kids, then divorce from DIY is not suitable. It is also not appropriate if you have a reasonable belief that your spouse is hiding money out of your control or transferring joint assets. See our section on how to hide money before a divorce.
Mediated Divorces Save Money
Mediation for divorce is a convenient way to deal with a divorce if you and your spouse are not able to agree on all the important terms.
Don’t Overlook Tax Issues
Some divorces are subject to serious and long-term tax considerations. You may want to consider consulting an accountant, financial advisor or tax preparer before signing off on a DIY divorce filing that can alert you to potential tax issues after divorce.
Review Legal Document Preparers
There are companies in some places that are preparing paperwork for uncontested divorces. These folks may be referred to as paralegals but are commonly referred to as preparers of legal documents or LDPs. Preparers of legal documents are not allowed to give you personalized legal advice. (Only licensed lawyers can do that.
The fee for doing the paperwork for an uncontested divorce varies from about $175 to $700
Web-Based Divorce Services
In some cases, filing will be arranged by the web-based service. The cost is generally a few hundred dollars (typically between $ 200 and $ 500) and price differences often relate to the speed at which the documents are prepared.