Do-It-Yourself Divorce In Denver, CO
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Are you considering filing for divorce yourself? Certainly, if you go online and search for “do-it-yourself divorce,” you will find a number of resources listed – everything from legal forms to advice. There are several questions to ask yourself first, though. Perhaps the most important question is whether your spouse is willing to go this route with you. If your spouse prefers to retain a Denver divorce lawyer and you decide to represent yourself, you will find yourself at a distinct disadvantage.
Another consideration is whether you and your spouse have already agreed upon an equitable settlement regarding some of the more divisive issues usually confronted by a divorcing couple. One of these is undoubtedly the division of property and the discharge of debts. Another rather large consideration involves children if the two of you have any – how will they be supported and by whom? Who will have custody, and what will visitation and other parental rights look like?
Yet another issue is spousal maintenance. Do you and your spouse agree upon how this will be handled? Are you both financially self-sufficient? If one of you is not, is the other willing to support the ex-spouse – and for how long and in what amount?
The bottom line is, do the two of you agree upon enough – and are you able to work together well enough – to pull this off? You are about to embark on new, complex territory where one false move or mistake can wind up costing you a lot time, aggravation, and significant attorney fees to try to fix the mistakes. The divorce process is complicated and full of legal terms and deadlines, and there are usuallyno re-do’s once the divorce is final. Therefore, fixing mistakes is not always an option, or at least not a cheap option.
Some people feel that they just don’t have the money to spare to hire an attorney; still others are wary of having someone else privy to their private personal and financial affairs. These are both legitimate concerns that have to be balanced against the advantages of having an experienced Denver divorce attorney handle your divorce.
Generally speaking, making decisions about life-changing issues such as those involved in a divorce is not something to be undertaken as a side venture or hobby. It can be tempting for many couples trying to save money to go the do-it-yourself (DIY) route, rather than hire an experienced attorney. However, couples attempting a DIY divorce often find that they are forced to spend unanticipated time in court repairing their mistakes. And some are not repairable – they must be lived with.
The most common pitfalls of a DIY divorce include the following:
- Overlooking such “fine-print” details as how to handle relocation and child custody/visitation issues, should the custodial spouse wish to re-locate.
- Failure to fully understand and plan for the tax consequences of maintenance and child support payments.
- The high risk of failure inherent in a DIY situation worked out between two people who are so at odds that they are seeking a divorce .
- A lack of understanding of Colorado statutes and laws regarding divorce and the requirements of the family law court.
- A speed-induced settlement that fails to address one or more important issues – something that would not occur with a metro Denver divorce attorney that specializes in divorce.
Divorce Matters® represents clients throughout Metro Denver and the Front Range including: Arapahoe County, Aurora, Boulder, Bow Mar, Castle Pines, Castle Rock, Centennial, Douglas County, Englewood, Cherry Hills Village, Denver, Greenwood Village, Jefferson County, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Louisville, and Parker.
Call Divorce Matters today at (720) 463-1232 to schedule an appointment with an attorney.
Our highly-accomplished divorce and family law attorneys practice throughout Colorado, including:
Adams County (Arvada, Aurora, Brighton, Thornton, Westminster); Arapahoe County (Aurora, Centennial, Cherry Hills Village, Englewood, Greenwood Village, Littleton); Boulder County; Broomfield County; Denver County; Douglas County (Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker); Elbert County (Elizabeth, Kiowa); and Jefferson County (Arvada, Golden, Lakewood, Morrison, Wheat Ridge).