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There are four different methods to divorce, Part 1

Most people think of divorce as a singular process. You are married, then you decide to file for divorce which ends the marriage. But divorce isn't so simple, and it isn't approached that formulaically. There are several alternative methods to get divorced, not all of them traditional litigated divorce. This post will go over the pros and cons of do-it-yourself divorces; follow-up posts will discuss the other methods.

The do-it-yourself (DIY) divorce is lauded as the cheapest of the four options. A DIY divorce means that you file all the paperwork, decide how to divide up the property, accounts, and how you want to approach child custody and support (if applicable). It is lauded as a viable alternative for couples with few assets and who were married for a short duration.

But it is important to keep in mind the limitations in DIY divorce. First, you need to figure everything out yourself. That means you need to identify the proper court in which to file your paperwork, you need to find all your paperwork, and to file it without errors. DIY means you make all of the disclosures on your own which means you rely on your other spouse to disclose all assets honestly. Furthermore, you need to deal with complex divisions, such as retirement accounts, spousal support, and child issues. In fact, most experts recommend that DIY is only good for marriages of short duration and with few marital assets. If you try to tackle these issues, you risk omitting critical issues that come up later and end up costing you more money because you will need to hire an attorney to fix the mistakes (assuming they can be fixed).

If you or a friend is considering divorce, you should talk to a lawyer before you file the paperwork. A lawyer can go over the efficacy of divorce and advise you of various alternative dispute strategies. You need to consider every facet of this decision before you decide to file divorce papers. Divorce will cause disputes across a wide swath of your life, from finances to friendships. It is crucial that you go into your divorce fully aware of what can and will happen, you don?t want to be caught off-guard.

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