A do it yourself divorce can be quite simple if both parties agree to the terms of the divorce. Of course, laws vary state to state, so laws surrounding a do it yourself divorce need to be investigated prior to beginning such proceedings.
In general, a do it your self divorce is only possible if it is a no contest divorce. A no contest divorce, which is often referred to as a no-fault divorce, means that both spouses agree that a divorce is necessary. It also means that both spouses agree completely about how to split all property and assets. This includes automobiles, entertainment equipment, and furniture. This also includes splitting of any debt that was acquired during the marriage.
In addition, a no contest divorce means that the couple agrees to child custody terms, if any children resulted from the marriage. In a divorce, child custody laws can also vary from state to state. Married couples with children, however, do need to file additional paperwork to address the custody of the children and child support.
California was the first US state to develop a no contest divorce law, but most states no have their own versions, though the specific laws and terminology may vary from state to state.
If a couple is experiencing a no contest divorce, it is possible to have a successful do it yourself divorce. The actual paperwork necessary for a do it yourself divorce will also vary from state to state. Unfortunately, a couple looking to complete a do it yourself divorce will not receive assistance from the courthouse. Court employees are not allowed to provide legal advice, and this includes pointing a person in the right direction for obtaining and filing the necessary paperwork for a do it yourself divorce.
Public libraries, however, often offer excellent books for completing a do it yourself divorce. Since these libraries are located in the state in which a person lives, and usually within the county a person lives, the libraries usually have books containing the relevant paperwork.
If the library does not help in filing a no contest divorce, there are also many websites available to aid in the process of a do it yourself divorce. Once such site is selfdivorce.com. On this site, a person wishing to complete a do it yourself divorce simply chooses the correct state from a drop box, which will initiate a series of questions. After the person answers the questions, and pays a nominal fee, the necessary paperwork will be generated. This site can help save hundreds, even thousands, of dollars because it is not necessary to hire an attorney.
Another helpful website is docupro.net. This site will also create divorce papers specific to the state in which the divorce is being filed. In addition, this site provides instructions as to what to do next after completing the paperwork, including how to file the paperwork. This site also provides a live help feature to answer any other questions or dilemmas that may be encountered when filing a do it yourself divorce.
A do it yourself divorce is quick and easy if the right resources are obtained. Best yet, a do it yourself divorce can save money.