Divorce can be expensive and overwhelming. It entails preparing mounds of paperwork, fulfilling state requirements and dealing with the very person you no longer want to be with. You may be tempted to go through the process on your own to save time and money.
But does DIY divorce really do that? The truth is, most likely not. The majority of divorces are not simple and require legal assistance for the following reasons.
Divorce is complex
Divorce proceedings are not cut and dry. They depend on the individual circumstances of your case. You cannot rely on the advice of family, friends, colleagues or websites because what one person did may not be relevant or possible in your situation. There are many factors that influence the process, such as:
- Whether the divorce is contested or uncontested
- How much money you and your spouse each make
- How many children are involved and their ages
- The length of your marriage
- If you have a prenup
- How complex your assets are (retirement plans, multiple properties, businesses, etc.)
The paperwork can be daunting and confusing as well. An attorney can give you personalized guidance in all these areas and make sure all paperwork is complete, accurate and on time.
Mistakes will cost you in the long run
You lack the legal knowledge required to navigate the complexities of the divorce process, especially when it comes to finances. Steps such as valuating assets and determining spousal support usually require the services of financial professionals.
Filing for a divorce by yourself comes with a high risk of error that can lead to delays and additional fees. It is better to spend the money on a highly skilled and experienced legal team than to receive an undesirable, costly outcome due to preventable mistakes that would require a lawyer anyway to help you modify your agreement. Avoid this situation by having a knowledgeable California family law attorney help you with your divorce.