Going through divorce is tough and sometimes couples need a lawyer to figure out the legalities and agreements in order to file. Other times, the two people may be able to deal with each other enough to come to an understanding together. Additionally, if one of the pair is tactful enough to draft legal divorce documents without the assistance of an attorney, then it can be done. Many people don’t know that to file for divorce doesn’t legally require a lawyer. Doing so cuts down on many costs that are associated with paying an attorney for their time and expertise.
Each section of the papers should be taken one by one when drafting them. Division of property is something that can take a while, and it can be tackled all at once or done over time while other things are being sorted out. This includes any physical items as well as funds that are in various accounts. In addition, debt is also split up in the fashion that both parties deem fair. If there are any children involved, the custody and care needs to be detailed regarding them. Whatever mutual decision the two people can come to should be documented; it’s important to remember that what is on paper is what will be put into place, and any information left off will not be a part of the final judgment. Alimony and child support should be clearly stated as well.
After the paperwork is finished it needs to be signed, and most states require this is done with a notary. It may need to sit on file before a hearing is set, and that also depends on state law. Seeking the advice of an attorney in the form of a free consultation is always recommended before thinking about how to file for divorce on your own.