Doing Your Own Divorce

By: David Fagan

People go into marriages for the wrong reasons,
According to Jennifer Baker of the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, Missouri,

  • 50% of all first marriages will end in divorce
  • 67% of all second marriages will end in divorce
  • 74% of all third marriages will end in divorce

Doing Your Own Divorce
Thankfully, in the U.S. you can DIY your divorce. You can get a quick divorce by doing it yourself as long as your divorce remains uncontested by your spouse.

How to Do It Yourself Divorce
Once both parties completely agree that divorce is in their best interest and there is nothing left to argue about, either in terms of the divorce itself or the division of assets, you can follow these simple steps;

  • 1) You Dont Need a Lawyer
    When filing for an uncontested divorce it is not required that you have a lawyer. 
  • 2) Simply Fill up An Online Form
    An uncontested divorce is simply a form you file. If both you and your spouse agree that a divorce is the best option, and can agree on the terms of the uncontested divorce, then filing for divorce will be very inexpensive and easy. Some couples may have already split their assets and moved out, so filing for divorce for them is almost just a formality.In an uncontested divorce a divorce lawyer is not necessary.
  • 3) Form is Available Online at US$20
    You can download uncontested divorce kits that help you prepare your own for a mere twenty bucks, or pay a paralegal or attorney to prepare the form for you for about two-hundred bucks.
  • 4) Once You File, Divorce is Final
    If you both agree on how your jointly owned assets can be divided then you qualify to file for an uncontested divorce. You need to uUnderstand that once you file and both agree to the uncontested divorce, then the divorce is final

Contested Divorce

If the spouse does not agree with all the conditions of the divorce that’s when your going to need a lawyer.

  • If you both can not agree on how the assets you jointly own can be divided then you will need a lawyer to contest the divorce in court and allow the judge to decide how to split those assets for you.
  • In a contested divorce, which requires a lawyer, the judge will usually do what is called a 'trial separation', where couples will separate for a while to see how life works without each other.
  • Contested divorce is the expensive route.
    COntested divorce is good if you think there is a chance of getting back together. When the judge put you two on trial separation, you could change your mind about divorce and get back together before the proceedings are finalized. But this will cost you even more money, plus all the time you wasted just to get to this point.

Dont bring a Lawyer if you
Are filing for Uncontested Divorce

  • Sometimes people will bring a lawyer to the proceeding just in case their spouse begins to argue about the conditions of the divorce.
  • Bringing a lawyer to the proceeding may not be a good idea. They may create argument and you may be in many future trials arguing about the conditions of the divorce for along time to come with your expensive trial lawyer at your side.
  • On the other hand, if your spouse brought a lawyer to the proceeding and is arguing about the conditions of the divorce, then it's probably in your best interest to contact a divorce lawyer immediately. (You see where this is going?)

Uncontested Divorce is 
The Quickest & Cheapest Divorce

Now that you have a good idea between contested divorces and uncontested divorces, find out if your spouse wants a contested divorce or uncontested divorce.

Make sure that you are ready to do everything you can to make your divorce go smoothlyComputer Technology Articles, and allow yourself to restart your life on the right foot. Going through a divorce can be easy, or it can be pain staking, it all up to you. 

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