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McKinney Divorce Lawyers Helping You With Your Amicable/”DIY” Divorce
If you are preparing to go through a divorce and are looking to save some money along the way, you may be considering a DIY divorce. While this is certainly an option that you have (particularly if you and your spouse believe you are on the same page), there are a number of reasons why a DIY divorce may not be the best – or cheapest – solution for dissolving your marriage.
Several companies now offer DIY divorce kits that you can purchase online. These kits differ greatly in quality, and not all of them are designed to use in a divorce that is governed by Texas law. The Texas Supreme Court has approved a set of free divorce forms that come with a detailed list of instructions, but even these are not a substitute for working through your divorce with the help of experienced legal representation (additionally, they are only an option if you have no minor children and do not own any real property).
Understanding the Consequences of a DIY Divorce
When you get a divorce, the decisions you make during the process can have lifelong consequences. If you give up more than your fair share of your community property, if you take sole responsibility too much of your joint debt, if you agree to improperly-calculated alimony or child support, or if you do not fight to secure appropriate custody rights, these are mistakes that can be costly and difficult (if not impossible) to reverse. With a DIY divorce, you are unlikely to ever know if you made mistakes along the way. Texas’ divorce laws include clear guidelines, but they are also extremely complicated, and it takes years of experience to acquire the understanding and insights needed to make informed decisions.
DIY Divorce When You and Your Spouse are on the Same Page
In order for a DIY divorce to have any chance of success, both spouses need to be on the same page regarding all of the major aspects of their separation: property distribution, debt distribution, financial support and child custody. If you and your spouse are at odds, or if your spouse has hired an attorney, you will need to work with one of our McKinney divorce lawyers who can help you navigate the process and protect your interests. Additionally, even if you and your spouse think you are on the same page, ensuring that you have addressed all of the relevant considerations and taken all of the steps required to finalize your divorce will still typically require legal representation. For example, some of the types of issues that can come up during a DIY divorce include:
- Accurately identifying all separate and community property assets
- Addressing ownership of real estate and mortgage liability
- Addressing ownership and distribution of retirement assets
- Establishing a comprehensive parenting plan
- Ensuring that you obtain a binding final divorce decree
Speak With One of Our McKinney Divorce Lawyers for Free
If you are considering a DIY divorce, or if you are attempting a DIY divorce and have questions about the process, we encourage you to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation. We can help you understand the issues involved in your divorce, and we can provide you with information about the alternatives you have available. To speak with one of our experienced McKinney divorce lawyers in confidence, please call (214) 726-1450 or request an appointment online today.