DIY Divorce

Sarissa Montague

In a short answer, no one should get divorced without any attorney involvement. Although at first blush it might seem easy to DIY your divorce, it’s not unlike any other type of project that you might try to do yourself. For example, would you complete a plumbing project in your home without assistance from a plumber? Maybe you would – if you were just fixing one leaky sink. But, if you were totally re-piping your entire kitchen and bathroom, you would probably want to hire a professional. You most certainly do not want to take on a project that you cannot complete yourself and end up flooding the house in the process! The same concept applies to divorce. Whether, and to what level, you should “do it yourself” in your divorce is dependent on the complexity of the issues. If you have a straightforward divorce, with a minimal estate and no children, you may wish to hire an attorney simply to draft your judgment of divorce and consult to make sure nothing has been left out. On the other hand, if you own a family business, have small children, and you and your ex both want custody, then you are facing a larger job and will likely need more assistance. At Levine & Levine, we understand that keeping your costs down is important to you. We will work with you to determine what type of fee structure is appropriate for you depending on what level of attorney involvement is necessary in your case. It may be that you can mostly “DIY” to save on costs. It may be that you prefer someone to be alongside you every step of the way.

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