I am the first to say that it is possible to complete your own divorce. To say anything else would be a lie. But the fact that it is possible is far removed from what it will actually take to complete your own divorce if you attempt it on your own.
So why do I say it is a waste of time to attempt to complete your own divorce? I will give you a few examples of issues and roadblocks you may face when attempting to do your own divorce. While there are hundreds of issues you can come across when trying to do your own divorce, I will give the most common issues people face.
Believe it or not, completing some of the divorce forms is the easiest part. But many people make tons of mistakes on these forms. And we are talking about capable people here. It is just that the divorce forms are so foreign that it is hard to figure out what you are supposed to do in many cases. So while completing the forms is the easiest part, most will fail to complete the forms correctly.
The next thing I see a lot when people are attempting to complete their own divorce is that they are unaware of how the process of divorce works. For instance; What forms to complete and in what order, how to serve the divorce documents and which ones can be served by you and which need to be served by someone else. Which forms have to be personally served and which ones can you mail. Which forms are filed with the court and which ones are only served on your spouse.
I would consider the two issues above, that of how to complete the divorce forms and being familiar with the divorce process as the two biggest issues people have when attempting to complete their own divorce. But there are hundreds of issues that can spiral off these to major problems. There are so many decisions you have to make and so many easy mistakes to make.
This is why we say you should not waste your time attempting to complete your own divorce. There is just too many things that can go wrong. I can’t tell you how much business I get where people have tried to do their own divorce for months and sometimes years, only to come to us for assistance after wasting so much of their valuable time.