What Are The Dangers Of A Do-It-Yourself Divorce?
Do-it-yourself divorce kits may seem like the least expensive, fastest
alternative to hiring attorneys. You have the option to go online or get
some forms from a paralegal service and do your divorce yourself. After
all, in Florida, divorce is no-fault, meaning that you simply have to
assert that your marriage is irretrievably broken. So is there a reason
to spend money on a lawyer?
Yes, there is.
There Is No Substitute For Experienced Representation
At Anne E. Raduns, P.A., we have seen the dangers of do-it-yourself divorce
firsthand. Time and time again, we have come in later in the divorce process
to fix the errors that were made by well-meaning people who were trying
to save money and get through their divorce more quickly by handling it
on their own. Unfortunately, fixing these errors typically ends up costing
more and taking more time in the final equation. We believe it is better
to do it correctly from the start with the help of an attorney.
Marriage Is A Powerful Legal Institution
As a powerful legal institution, marriage is not easily dissolved. The
family law court will not grant a dissolution of marriage unless and until all of the necessary
requirements have been met, and if you cannot correctly complete the process
yourself, it will proceed according to the automatic dictates of state
law. Divorce must be handled carefully in order to ensure that the parties
involved actually get what they think they are getting: a fair and permanent solution.
Unfortunately, simple errors during a do-it-yourself divorce can cause
serious problems. These mistakes include:
- Placing a checkmark in the wrong box on one of the forms
Failing to file something in a timely manner or to make an objection in
a timely manner
- Failing to file a required document
- Neglecting to address issues that may concern the court
Even something as small as using a poorly chosen word regarding the marital
home or issue in the
parenting plan can end up causing damage that is difficult to repair.
You Will Be Held To The Same Standards As Attorneys
The courts in Florida are mandated to hold
pro se litigants — individuals handling their cases on their own —
to the same standards as attorneys. You will be required to know the law,
whether or not you actually do. Once the final judgment is entered, the
case is over. You may not get another chance to fix the problem.
If your working relationship with your spouse is strong enough that you
would consider a do-it-yourself divorce, you may be surprised at how economical
it is to work with an experienced attorney to complete your divorce together.
We will be happy to review your case, ensure proper filings are made and
provide the protection you and your children need as you begin to rebuild
To schedule a consultation with an experienced and dedicated divorce attorney,
call Anne E. Raduns, P.A., at
352-310-8235. We represent divorcing spouses in Ocala, The Villages and throughout