Pitfalls of a Do-It-Yourself Divorce

Pitfalls of a Do-It-Yourself Divorce

I want to spare you the frustration you will almost certainly encounter if you attempt a “do-it-yourself” divorce.

Jefferson County is a large county with a very busy bureaucracy. The officials you deal with may be well-meaning,but they will repeatedly tell you that they are “not allowed to give legal advice.” Actually, some do not want to be bothered giving any kind of advice, or help, at all.

Can I handle my own divorce?

There may be no areas of disagreement and you may believe you can accomplish an uncontested divorce with a settlement agreement, but there are several issues you may not be aware of. This is what lawyers are for. Among potential pitfalls of do-it-yourself divorce, courts frequently leave certain issues unresolved, such as child support and custody issues, or a child’s college education. This is called “reserving” an issue that will have to be resolved at a later date.

Paperwork must be completed in exact detail. It must be filed in the right order within the right time periods. It can’t be done in one visit. It may be necessary to make several trips to my office, or the county courthouse.

Do I really need a divorce lawyer?

Many attempts at a do-it-yourself divorce are rejected by the court. Then, the parties often then go to a lawyer and find the expense and trouble is worse than if they had initially spoken to an attorney.

Judges have enough trouble without botched legal cases. They may recognize the earnest attempt and desire to handle a relatively simple divorce by oneself. But aggravating a judge who will make important decisions about your future is never a good idea.

Should I get a divorce attorney?

In a confidential consultation with me, you will see that I am ready to be your advocate. I listen to my clients and try to understand them and their needs.

To schedule an appointment at my Birmingham office, call 205-822-9334 or contact us through this website.