Think carefully before you try to handle a divorce by yourself

It might be tempting to try to get your divorce handled on your own. Before you make that move, make sure that you think about what this means. The divorce laws in Texas are rather complex, just as they are in many other states. You should carefully consider the pros and cons of a do-it-yourself divorce because you might find that this option truly isn't worth the risk and effort.

Many people think that you will save time and money if you take care of the divorce on your own. It is easy to see why people would think that cutting out the middle man, the lawyer, would do this. The fact here is that not having someone familiar with the laws can actually make the process more difficult.

You might not realize that you need to file a certain form or that you have to take care of a matter within a specific time frame. Ultimately, you might make mistakes. Even small mistakes during a divorce can have a huge impact on the case. You wouldn't want to have to live with a parenting plan or a property division settlement that isn't in your best interests just because you tried to handle the divorce on your own.

Another theory is that a DIY divorce will be less painful than working with someone. This isn't the case because all of the paperwork and small details have to be handled by you if you try to do this solo. This can add considerable stress to the process, as can trying to sort out the statutes that cover divorces in Texas.

Source: Our Family Wizard, "4 Myths Explained About "Do It Yourself" Divorce," accessed Nov. 17, 2017

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