DIY Divorce? Four Tips for Success

Getting a divorce is never a fun process, but for many people, it can be made easier and less expensive by doing it without traditional representation from a divorce attorney. Â If you are planning on going through a do it yourself divorce, there are some key points that you need to consider to ensure that you are happy with the results.

Get Support

You may not need full representation from a lawyer, but you should still seek legal support. This can ensure that you fill out the proper forms, that you don’t miss key steps in the process, and that you understand the big-picture implications of your decisions made during the divorce. If you’d like to learn more about this type of legal support, please contact us today!

Always Address Child Custody

Many couples who are trying to divorce without legal help make the mistake of not creating a detailed child custody arrangement. Couples often think it is best to just take it day by day and put the best interest of the children first. While this may sound good at the time, it will always lead to fights down the road, and the children will end up getting hurt the most. Coming up with a fair arrangement now can help avoid a lot of trouble in the future. Remember, just because you have a custody agreement doesn’t mean you can’t make exceptions on a case by case basis.

Understand the Filing Process

Even when you don’t have attorneys, there is a lot of legal paperwork that needs to be filed with the state. While Oregon law is not as complicated as some states, it is by no means an easy or intuitive process. Allow yourself plenty of time to understand exactly what is necessary to do it properly. Please contact us today to learn more!

Plan for Separate Living Expenses

A divorce doesn’t just end a marriage, but it also creates a whole new living arrangement for everyone involved. Â It is essential to plan and budget for how you will pay all your bills bases solely on your own income. Many couples who fail to really think this through end up struggling financially, and even facing bankruptcy soon after a divorce. While it might be difficult, make sure both you and your spouse know how you will live financially once the divorce is finalized.

If you’re considering divorce and want to discuss whether or not a divorce is a good solution for your needs give us a call at (503) 227-0200 and we’ll set up a FREE consultation!

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