Recently, a number of companies have been trying to persuade people that they can save money by handling their divorce on their own. These companies sell packets of generic forms in books or on the Internet, claiming that they were developed by “expert” attorneys and that they’re all you need.
These forms might be accepted by a divorce court, but they’re not tailored to your specific situation and the companies do not provide legal advice to protect you. Countless people who have used these forms have made mistakes that have cost them far more than they would ever have spent on a lawyer.
The sad irony is that the people who use these forms tend to be couples who are splitting up on reasonably good terms. They think they’re saving money – but the truth is that these types of uncontested divorces are the ones where attorney fees are low and where an attorney can provide the greatest “bang for the buck,” because all of the attorney’s time is spent protecting you rather than fighting with the other side.
If you know someone who’s thinking of a “do-it-yourself” divorce, ask them these questions:
If so, do you understand the highly technical requirements you must comply with as to your spouse’s employer or plan custodian? A “divorce kit” generally won’t help you with this.
Many people have done it the wrong way, and been surprised later with a large and unnecessary capital gains or other tax bill. (A divorce kit won’t give you tax advice, either.)
Do you know every type of beneficiary designation that need to be changed?
Do you know how to divide them in a way that’s legally effective?
Will they be fully protected if your circumstances change in the future, or if your spouse’s circumstances change?
Does your divorce agreement deal with this in detail?
Have you provided for this, such as through a legally mandated life insurance policy?
If your head is spinning, it should be. Because the legal and financial implications of even the most simple, uncontested divorce can be profound.
You get what you pay for, and the legal consequences of doing a divorce on the cheap with an online kit can be very costly indeed.
Brian Demidovich primarily focuses in Raleigh family mediation and the other Raleigh lawyers at The Law Corner can help you with a fast and simple no-fault or uncontested divorce. However, we are also there to represent you in the most difficult divorce situations too. With experience in and out of the courtroom, we can help you with your divorce — no matter what.
As you may know, in North Carolina, almost all divorce cases require you to live separately for a total of one year. For more information, The Law Corner divorce attorneys in Raleigh can help explain the divorce process to you and help you with other divorce related issues, to include, but not limited to, the following:
Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO)
The Law Corner Attorneys help people all over Wake County to include the following areas: Knightdale, Wake Forest, Raleigh, Morrisville, Apex, Wendell, Zebulon, New Hope, Cary, Rolesville, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, and Garner.