The internet has made it possible to learn how to do just about anything yourself, from cooking to home improvements to starting your own blog. However, there are some things that are best left to the professionals, including your divorce.
Many people are lured in to “do-it-yourself” divorce websites because they want to end their marriages without paying court costs or attorneys’ fees. However, what often happens is that something is overlooked or not done correctly, and the divorce ends up being very expensive in the long run.
As experienced divorce lawyers, we have seen the disasters caused by DIY divorces on numerous occasions. Even something as simple as a document not being filed with the court, or the divorce decree using the wrong words, can result in the process having to be redone.
In some cases, people have gone on living their lives, only to realize months or years later that their divorce was invalid and they have a legal mess on their hands.
The bottom line is that divorce is a complicated legal process, and it is probably one of the most important transitions you’ll ever go through in life. You need to make sure that your rights are protection and you need to make sure that all of your bases are covered.
Ultimately, whether your divorce involves children or significant assets or not, it needs to be handled by a professional. Even if you and your spouse are able to settle all issues on your own, you should still have your agreement looked over by a family law attorney to make sure that you didn’t miss anything.
Save the DIY option for projects that don’t have serious legal consequences. Keep reading for more information on the hazards of cheap, online divorces.