On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in divorce on Wednesday, November 11, 2015.
For most legal matters, you can “do it yourself.” This may appear to be an attractive option for many Columbia residents in need of a divorce. After all, what more do you need to do than fill out some forms you could find on the internet and take them to your local Missouri family court?
And of course, there is always an example, also to be found on the internet, of someone who did it on their own, and they are stating how happy they are and how well their home-made marriage dissolution worked for them. At least for now.
On the other hand, there are plenty of cases, where some of those people wind up coming to an attorney, after they have become confused, or missed a filing deadline, or submitted the wrong form or responded incorrectly and now their life and their case is a real mess. And to sort it out, it can become a real expensive mess.
This is not how you want your divorce to proceed. There are likely to be enough issues raised by simply separating from your spouse that you do not need to create additional procedure problems because you are attempting to handle your own divorce.
If you were absolutely certain that there was no chance of any complications occurring, you might want to give it a go. But with something a complex as family law and as important as your divorce, do you really want to trust your future and that of your children to something you read on the internet, taken out of context and that may or may not have any applicability to your circumstance?
There are sufficient “unknowns” when it comes to a divorce. Don’t add to the reasons you may already have to lose sleep at night.
Source: kfor.com, “Cheap Divorce: Scam or Deal?” Sarah Stewart, November 9, 2015