It is easy to understand the appeal of online divorce. Many sites promise a quick and easy process that will save you time and money.
However, there are several reasons why an online divorce may not be a good idea.
1. Most divorces are not simple
Some divorces are simple, but most are not. Most divorces involve dividing up assets and debts. If you have children, you must determine custody and visitation arrangements. You may need to agree to child support and alimony payments. You can find the forms necessary for all of these things online. However, without legal advice, you may make mistakes that will cause problems down the road.
2. There are better options
For simple divorces, you have the option to file a non-adversarial divorce. This is a simplified process that does not require going to court and you can complete it in 35 days or fewer. Additionally, you may want to consider mediation or collaborative divorce as an alternative to traditional divorce.
3. Online divorce costs more than money
One of the lures of online divorce is that it costs less money. However, it is important to factor in the time and frustration that may result. Without legal guidance, you must navigate the legal system on your own. Doing the research required to understand complex legal terms and correctly complete the required forms may require a substantial investment of time and effort.
Even if you want to handle your divorce on your own, it may be worthwhile to have a legal professional review your case before you file.