When most of us say “I do,” we never think of the day when we may say “I don’t….want to be married anymore.” Divorces are rarely easy or pleasant and are often financially burdensome. Still, most people choose to hire an attorney to assist them with the process of getting a divorce; however, it is not impossible to go through with the process pro se.
Going pro se in a divorce means representing yourself from start to finish. You yourself do all the research, draft appropriate documents, file the necessary paperwork, mediate and negotiate with your ex, communicate with judges, clerks, your spouse’s attorneys, and do many more other tasks. It is time consuming, it is costly, and the risk of “getting it wrong” or not getting your “fair share” is present; however, in certain cases, it is not unreasonable to go pro se.
The best scenario for a pro se divorce is one where both spouses are amicable with one another and are able to communicate and agree on the terms of the divorce. It is called an uncontested divorce. An example of that, would be a short-lived marriage with no children or pets, no prenuptial or postnuptial agreements, and assets and debts that are easily divisible between the parties.
Things become tricky when spouses are unable to come to an agreement with respect to the terms of their divorce, and the divorce becomes heated and contested. This is when it is better to have an attorney involved. We are here to help. Please schedule a consultation with one of the experienced family law attorneys at Goosmann Law Firm today.
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