Thinking about a divorce? Do you spend time on the internet or social media? You may have looked online and discovered there are thousands of attorneys and webpages addressing divorce. You likely are overwhelmed. Should you consult with a local attorney or should you purchase a packet of forms online?
Most likely you are hoping to get divorced in the least expensive manner possible. There is so much information on the internet, but how do you decide what is right for you? You probably have a million questions and are wondering if those forms are appropriate for you?
The promise of getting divorced for less than $500 just by purchasing online forms may be appealing; however, you and your children are not a “one size fits all” family. If you rushed into marriage at a late night wedding chapel in Las Vegas and have regretted your hasty decision, the online forms may be the best option for you. If you have been married short term, having no assets or children, the online forms may be the way to go. However, if you have children or have acquired major assets such as a home, you might want to consider consulting an attorney to help you with your divorce. Having knowledge is always the best way to ensure you avoid the pitfalls of divorce and ensure you have protected yourself and your children.
Just as tax computer programs cannot protect you from the IRS, online divorce forms cannot resolve problems that may develop during your divorce. An attorney can help you with the law and make sure that the right documents are properly filed.
Consulting with an attorney may actually save you money and time. Attorneys also can refer you to other professionals, such as financial planners, therapists, appraisers, accountants, realtors, and others who can help you with the important issues related to your divorce.
Torree J. Breen is the chair of the Family Law Practice Group and is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Hospitality and Alcohol Law Practice Groups. Ms. Breen specializes in family law which includes divorce, child custody disputes, prenuptial agreements, and grandparent’s rights.
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