You may be considering a do-it-yourself divorce if you plan to file an uncontested divorce or to save on the cost of hiring a lawyer. However, even if you believe that you and your spouse agree on all the issues you must resolve, you should not do a do-it-yourself divorce. Here, we explain some of the dangers of handling a divorce on your own.
Why You Do Should Not Use a Do-It-Yourself Divorce
Getting divorced is a stressful experience even if you and your partner agree that it is for the best and you are divorcing amicably. While you may think that a do-it-yourself divorce would be an easy way to get divorced in Virginia, it can add to your stress and ultimately make it take longer to finalize your divorce. Here are the dangers of do-it-yourself divorces you need to consider:
- Court procedures and rules. You are required to establish certain grounds for divorce and follow specific court procedures and rules in Virginia, even if you are representing yourself in your divorce. You could make mistakes when filing your divorce complaint and other legal paperwork with the court. This could result in long delays in your court case that could make your divorce drag on for months or longer.
- Expensive mistakes. Even in a no-contest divorce, you need your own attorney. A lawyer will protect your interests and understand the financial and legal implications of your divorce. They will be certain that your assets and debts are divided equally and that any custody and child support issues are resolved in you and your children's best interests.
- Time and stress. It can be time-consuming to try to figure out how to file your paperwork properly. It can be even more stressful if you make mistakes in what you file with the court and have to determine how to fix your errors.
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