If you are considering filing for divorce, the process will seem scary. There are so many things about it that you don’t understand. If you could find a company that had you fill out a questionnaire and did the rest of the work for you I’m sure you would prefer that. There are companies out there that claim to offer such a service, though they may not explain everything, leaving you with questions for how you really finish the process.
I’m happy to work with clients who started out using an online service so that I can help ensure that everything is done properly. You may have been given all the forms but not understand the disclosure process and why that matters. Other times the simple act of filing documents with the court can be confusing. It seems strange that you need to bring extra copies so that the court can give you back a stamped copy for proof that you filed that if the court questions it later.
Even in the most simple of divorce cases, it can be helpful to have an attorney who can take care of the filing and service of papers. An attorney can also make sure that you have everything you need for the court to approve your divorce once you are ready to request a final judgment.
In San Diego Family Courts it can be months after submitting your paperwork before you receive something back. If you are submitting everything yourself you will likely get a rejection notice with your papers telling you that you forgot something. Figuring out what to fix before re-submitting everything can be stressful.
When I am helping clients prepare for finalizing their uncontested divorce for that last submission I make sure that they have all of the disclosures completed and all of the other forms included that will make it much more likely that the clerks will approve everything the first time. Clerks are strict and will reject your paperwork for the smallest problem.
If you got the process started using an online service you can always bring what you have done to me before everything is done to make sure there are no problems. If you are still in the early stages, I can help you fix any problems that might exist on your divorce petition. If you are getting ready to finalize everything, I can help you get together everything you need to submit for the court. I can also help make sure your Marital Settlement Agreement has all the necessary terms to cover the different possibilities.
Though filing for yourself is appealing because of the money you will save, the amount of stress you go through because you don’t know if you are doing everything right is not worth the savings. I charge a fixed fee for truly uncontested cases so that as long as you both still agree to everything there won’t be any extra costs before you get everything approved by the court. Contact me by clicking on “Send Me a Message” at the top of the page to see if I can help you with your divorce.