If you are searching for online for divorce assistance in California you will undoubtedly find many cheap and low cost services.
I want you to understand the difference between a professional document preparation service and what these online services provide so you can make a decision on which is best suited for you.
I am looking at a Google search I just did for “cheap divorce”. What you will find is divorce document preparation companies offering services as low as $89.95 for do-it-yourself kits. Others are selling what is referred to as “automated document assembly” where you fill out an online questionnaire which will auto populate the divorce forms.
So let’s discuss a couple of these options.
Do It Yourself Divorce Kits
Do it yourself kits are exactly that. You pay for them to send you the divorce forms. You will receive a box with a lot of forms, many that you will never need. By the way, all the divorce forms are available at the Court House or online completely free. There is absolutely no reason to pay for your forms, but many do all the time.
Automated Document Assembly
Automated document assembly is where you answer questions online and your answers are automatically populated into the divorce forms. It seems like a good idea at first glance, until you realize the limitations.
Here are the problems with this type of service.
- There is nobody there to tell you if you are providing the correct information.
- The divorce forms are usually not updated to the correct version.
- They don’t provide you with the local forms for your County.
- Nobody reviews your documents. Once you save and print, you are on your own.
- There is no assistance with the “process” of filing and serving your documents.
I actually purchased the licensing rights at one point to sell an automated document assembly. I had people use it and realized immediately the pitfalls and shortcomings of the software. These types of systems have not place in a complex process such as divorce.
Full Service Divorce Document Preparation
This is what we provide, a full service divorce document preparation service. We are licensed and bonded legal document preparers that specialize in divorce in Los Angeles County. We have worked for the courts and for large law firms and are familiar with the process and how to correctly complete the paperwork.
Here is what you get with our service.
- We complete all your documents. No Questionnaires.
- We file all your documents with the court. You won’t go to court.
- We inform you step by step of the procedure along the way. Trust me, you will have lots of questions.
- We are available by phone and email to answer all your questions.
I provided this run down of the different services because I was getting too many people calling me for help with their divorce who had already wasted their money on purchasing their forms or the automated document assembly service only to be left with nothing more than paper for their trash.