Should I Do a Divorce on My Own?

Should I Do a Divorce on My Own?

Divorce is a complicated process, and it’s something no one should attempt on their own. Learn why a “DIY divorce” is never a good idea.

3 Reasons You Should Never Attempt “DIY Divorce”

Although you may want to get the divorce process over with as quickly as possible, attempting to complete it yourself will likely cause more harm than good. A DIY divorce may take less time, but there is more risk for problems to haunt you down the line. The following three reasons illustrate why do-it-yourself divorce is never a wise idea:

  • Not understanding or underestimating child support. If you have children from the marriage, you want to make sure they’re well-cared for. In a typical divorce, your family law attorney will work to ensure child support is set up in a way that’s in the best interest of all parties involved. In DIY divorces, parents often forget about extraneous or out-of-pocket expenses, like extra-curricular activities, school tuition, and more.

  • Misunderstanding of the paperwork involved. Divorce law is more complicated than most people realize, which is why family law attorneys are there to help guide you through the process. Many divorce forms have subtle legal nuances that a layperson would not understand; it is these nuances and loopholes that can cause legal trouble for you later on.

  • Assuming the marital assets are split evenly. Although Florida is an equitable distribution state, this does not mean all assets from the marriage are divided evenly. Courts typically take various factors into account when determining how to divide assets, including economic circumstances of each party, the duration of the marriage, the contribution of one spouse to the career and education of the other spouse, and more.

Considering Divorce? Contact a Qualified Family Law Attorney Today

No two divorce cases are the same. At Owenby Law, our team of Jacksonville divorce attorneys understand this and are prepared to build and implement a personalized strategy specifically for your divorce. When you’re represented by our firm, you know that we will work hard to protect your rights and interests.

If you’re ready to begin the divorce process, contact Owenby Law, P.A. at (904) 770-3141 for a consultation today.


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