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Online Law Divorce Office

Marcelina Hardy, MSEd, BCC
Should you get a divorce online or use a lawyer?

Not only can you meet a spouse online but you can also divorce him or her by using an online law divorce office. Wait, before you jump ahead to see how you can get yours started, consider the advantages and disadvantages of this approach.

The Cost of Offline and Online Divorce

Many people choose to stay married but separated because they don't have the money to pay for a divorce. A number of these same people have turned to online law divorce offices for assistance. It's becoming much more popular due to the low cost compared to offline lawyer fees.

Lawyers charge more because they also provide their expertise while helping you fill out paperwork. This expertise is what you don't have access to if you choose to file online. All you receive is the paperwork and guided instructions on how to fill it out. This paperwork will cost you approximately $200 online.

Are You Prepared to Use an Online Law Divorce Office?

Do you know exactly how you want to divide your properties, assets, and work out custody of children? If not, an online divorce is not for you. There will be no opportunity for you to ask for advice or suggestions when you complete detailed paperwork of who gets what. If you are unsure on how to answer a question, you will need to seek advice from a lawyer.

However, if you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse have come to a clear decision on everything, online divorce is perfect for you. Not only will it save you money but it saves you time as well.

How Does it Work?

The first thing you need to do is find an online company such as Legal Zoom, 3 Step Divorce or Complete Case. Each site is different but they all provide you with the correct paperwork for your state. Some of them will allow you to print the forms from your own printer and others will mail them to you. After you fill them out, you will need to send it your county court for review.

Even though you are getting all of your material on the Internet, you still need to go through the court system. Each state has different laws concerning what you will need to do after submission.

When Should You Use a Lawyer

With these online divorce companies, you may have the urge to get it over with and file right away. You may not want to retain a lawyer due to cost or having to go through long, drawn-out meetings that could result in conflict between you and your spouse. However, you may need to seek out a lawyer for the following reasons:

  • Disagreement

If your spouse refuses to divorce, you will need to seek a lawyer to establish your case.

  • '''Custody of child(ren)

If you have one or more children and cannot agree on custody or child support, a lawyer will have to step in and help you decide or establish a case for a judge to decide.

  • Property and other assets

You may need help deciding who gets what or have a judge decide.

  • Difficulty with paperwork

You may feel more comfortable having a professional fill out paperwork.

  • Best representation

You may not understand all of the laws for your state and want to make sure you are getting your fair share out of the settlement. A good lawyer is up to date on all the laws for your state so you get everything you deserve.

Final Tips

If you decide to hire a lawyer, shop around because each will have his or her own set fees. Many of them are adjusting their fees to compete with the online companies, so you may be able to get a similar price as you would on the Internet to acquire the necessary forms for your state. If money is an issue, let the lawyer know because some will lower their fees for special circumstances.

Online Law Divorce Office