In Pro Per Divorce
If you are trying to save money on legal costs during your divorce, the only way to make sure you do it correctly is to have us guide you through the process. At The Divorce Help Clinic (under PCM) we do just that.
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The rate of Do-It-Yourself Divorces has gone up from 50% to 80% in the last year. The misconception is that doing it yourself is easy. As many people discover, without a law degree, trying to understand what to do and how to do it, is too difficult. The process involves more than filling out the paperwork correctly. Our DIY process allows parties to save money while ensuring their legal documents are drafted and filed correctly.
Our DIY packages include all or whatever is needed of the below:
- Case management for your file at PCM (emails, scheduling, phone calls, faxes, photo copies, billing/invoicing, postage). Emails and phone calls are for procedural questions only. Please note that if parties need support in negotiating items then they will need to move into a mediation package, as case manager will not mediate via email.
- Drafting and filing of all initial court documents (petition, response, summons, stipulation, UCCJEA if minor children). These are the documents which open a court case
- Legal Courier service fee for the filing of all court documents
- Signing session
- First and Final draft of Marital Settlement Agreement (typically about a 50 page legal document that outlines all agreements of the divorce) or a Memorandum of Understanding if applicable
- Filing of the Marital Settlement Agreement with the courts
- Drafting of all judgment documents (typically about 5-6 documents)
- Filing of all judgment documents with the courts on your behalf
Big Problems: The “Do-it-Yourself ” Divorce
Divorce is expensive and for 50% of couples wanting to save money, they choose the “The Do-it-Yourself ” route. Unfortunately, ignorance of the law and lack of financial knowledge, for many, puts them in a bad financial predicament post divorce.
Three Costly Mistakes
Income Taxes. Many people do not understand the tax consequences of transferring certain property (house, stock) with a low cost basis. For instance, one spouse may end up stuck with a huge tax bill.
Missed Assets. When a couple does not fully understand the differences between marital and separate property, some property may be transferred without fully understanding the legal options.
Pensions. Sometimes, retirement accounts are the most valuable marital asset. If a couple does not fully understand the retirement plans, they could grossly undervalue what is to be divided. Some also fail to understand the consequences upon the death of the employee or non-employee spouse. In these cases, benefits could revert to the company rather than the intended beneficiaries.
Disclaimer: Legal Information Is Not Legal Advice. The Divorce Help Clinic provides information about the law designed to help you safely cope with your own legal needs. Legal information is not the same as legal advice–the application of law to an individual’s specific circumstances. Although we go to great lengths to make sure our information is accurate and useful, we recommend you consult a lawyer if you want professional assurance that our information, and your interpretation of it, is appropriate to your particular situation.