DIY isn’t just a term for Pinterest and HGTV fans. A Do It Yourself Divorce is a growing trend in California.
People are choosing to handle their own divorce for a variety of reasons. Many have identified it as a more affordable option. For others, the terms of the divorce aren’t complex. On occasion, it’s ideal because of the amicable nature of the dissolution and a cooperative ex spouse.
Many states and counties offer online help and forms for divorce petitioners to fill out on their own in order to make the process more open and accessible to the general public. So for some, a DIY or Do It Yourself Divorce may seem like the best option.
However, just because you can legally handle your own divorce, doesn’t mean that it’s in your best interest. Foregoing attorney representation might save you money now, but it may cost you in more ways than one down the line.
The Risks Of Going Alone
There are many pitfalls in a divorce into which a person may inadvertently stumble. Divorce proceedings are governed by statutes that the layperson may not be familiar with. Furthermore, there are legal rules that are developed by case law that are not codified anywhere but still have legal effect.
When you step into a courtroom without attorney representation, you are expected to respect and understand these rules regardless of whether or not you are an attorney. The fact that you were not aware of a rule will not excuse you from the consequences that may occur due to your lack of knowledge.
These laws and rules govern everything in a divorce proceeding, including child custody, child support, division of property and spousal support. Failure to understand the technicalities and nuances of the rules governing each of these areas can have disastrous effects on the outcome of your divorce.
Take, for instance, community property. California is a community property state. Community property is usually distributed equally during the divorce. But determining what property is considered community property can be quite complicated. Failure to understand this law can result in unfavorable outcomes in your divorce, including giving away property that may be legally yours.
The Benefits Of Working With A Flat Fee Attorney
Attorneys are an important part of the legal system. They have the training and the experience to guide you through the process of a divorce.
Those who need an affordable divorce, or want to maintain control over how much they spend on their divorce, should consider an Affordable Divorce Attorney who provides Unbundled Legal Services for a Flat Rate Fee.
Flat Fee Attorney
A Flat Fee Divorce attorney will:
- Provide limited scope representation (sometimes referred to as unbundled legal services)
- Write up requests for child custody modification orders
- Offer the flexibility of selecting which Divorce Services you need, so that you don’t pay more than you can afford, or for areas that you can confidently do yourself
- Complete the initial filings for your Divorce
- Advise you of legal issues and rights you may otherwise miss
- Relieve you of the stress of going through divorce proceedings entirely alone
Learn More About Working With An Affordable Divorce Attorney In Long Beach, CA
Divorce isn’t easy, regardless of the circumstances. But the right Attorney by your side can greatly improve the outcome of your case. If you think you need guidance to determine your best options, but cannot afford a traditional Divorce Attorney, contact the Shoreline Legal Group LLP where we’re simplifying the legal process step by step. Serving Long Beach, Cerritos, Santa Ana, and Orange, CA as well as surrounding areas.