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Are online divorce services a good idea?

Texas residents who divorce may dread the process. Many divorces involve acrimony and ongoing arguments about asset division, child custody and spousal and child support. In an effort to save money and expedite the process, some people may look to online services that offer to prepare divorce paperwork for a reduced cost. This may seem like an attractive way to handle ending a marriage, but there are a number of pitfalls associated with going through a divorce without legal representation.

A number of online services that offer to handle divorce paperwork do not use or even associate with lawyers. This means that the paperwork could end up being filled out improperly and possibly causing problems with someone's divorce. Furthermore, it is not legal for someone who is not a lawyer to offer legal advice, and some judges may consider handling divorce paperwork legal advice.

Individuals who chose online services over a lawyer may also find themselves at a disadvantage if their spouse does decide to take advantage of legal representation. When people do not know their rights, they could end up agreeing to things during their divorce that they do not have to, including agreeing to less spousal support than they have a right to, losing custody of their children or losing out on assets during property division.

Each state has its own laws related to dissolving a marriage, and they are often complicated. A lawyer could help someone understand what their rights are in order to achieve an equitable division of assets and fair access to their children. Additionally, lawyers could negotiate on someone's behalf and represent their interests in court, if necessary.

Source: Huffington Post, "DIY Divorce: Why You Should Think Twice Before Divorcing Without A Lawyer", August 14, 2013

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