Do It Yourself Divorce in California

In today’s technology-driven world, we have become so accustomed to figuring out how to do basically anything. Unfortunately, the legal system has not caught up as quickly. Laws are incredibly complicated and a one-size-fits-all is very hard to accomplish

This might leave you wondering whether you can even do your divorce on your own given the legal complexities. However, if you are able to do a DIY divorce, you will put yourself in control of your divorce, reduce your costs, and shorten the time it takes to divorce.

The trick is to have the right DIY program to take you from start to finish. Doing a DIY divorce does not mean you sacrifice your quality and knowledge of California divorce laws.

Instead, you are educating yourself so you can make the right decisions for your family.  DIY divorce not only eliminates the need to hire a divorce attorney but also the stress that can add to your life due to a traditional divorce.

If you have a simple divorce or do not have the resources to pay for mediation, then your best option is to do your divorce on your own.


Although divorce can be complicated, The Complete Divorce provides you with legal strategies, step-by-step tutorials, and online software so you are equipped to complete your divorce on your own.


And, most importantly, you have access to our divorce experts, who have the collective experience of over 60 years. Our team will review your forms and file them with your completed MSA. The Complete Divorce has made California DIY divorce so easy.

This article reviews 5 reasons and advantages of choosing do-it-yourself divorce in California over other options.

What is a Do It Yourself (DIY) Divorce?

DIY Divorce California

A DIY divorce is a divorce process in which you complete and file the divorce paperwork yourself or with your spouse without hiring an attorney to complete your paperwork or represent you in court.


If your divorce is uncomplicated and uncontested (meaning that you both spouses have agreement on issues within divorce), seriously consider whether a DIY divorce is right for you. In fact, even if you believe your case has a few issues, a DIY divorce could still be right for you so that you save time and money.


DIY divorce with The Complete Divorce is so easy that you can do it online from the comfort of your home and without the need of going to court.

5 Reason and Advantages of Do-It-Yourself Divorce

Advantages of Do It Yourself Divorce
  • Time Saving and Faster:

Time is a huge resource. Getting a divorce can take several years. A traditional divorce process can take 1—2 years, which time you could have spent moving on and starting your post-divorce life.


In fact, the more time you spend on your divorce doesn’t mean you have a better divorce. It usually means you paid more in time or money and ended up with the same or worse result.

In California, family court cases take a year or years to finish, even for simple cases, because the courts have a huge workload. Family law attorneys are also very busy and usually give priority to emergency cases.

If you are a simple case, you may pay for the attorney to pass your file around and not really move your case to completion.


Instead, you can skip past these difficulties and do your divorce on your own. DIY divorce saves the time in the following ways:

  1. You do not need to visit your attorney's office repeatedly (before and after hearings).
  2. You can avoid long waits at the family law facilitator’s office.
  3. You do not need to try and complete your matter in 15-minute hearings.
  4. With The Complete Divorce, you do not need to spend time locating California family court forms or figuring out The Complete Divorce forms, or how to file divorce forms.
  5. You do not need to spend your time filing your paperwork and an MSA with the court.
  6. You do not need to go to an attorney to review the forms you filled. TCD experts will do that too.
  • More Control:

In DIY divorce, both spouses retain control of their divorce. Similarly, mediation also allows spouses to control the outcome rather than a judge imposing decisions. It also helps spouses save their time and money.

If you have planned to mediate your divorce, schedule your free consultation with Families First Mediation.


DIY allows you to be in the driver's seat, unlike a traditional divorce in which you are unaware of the divorce laws and divorce procedures.


With The Complete Divorce program, we provide you with the divorce laws, divorce strategies, and divorce options available to you in our comprehensive video courses. Our course videos are short, clear, and precise.


You can watch them at your leisure and use the valuable content to complete the forms using our online software when you are ready.


A DIY divorce gives you control over your schedule, too. Instead of having your divorce interrupt your work and family life, you can work on your divorce at your own pace. The Complete Divorce DIY digital forms are efficient enough that they do not miss information or data even if you open them later for editing or filling.

  • Cost-Friendly:

The cost of an average divorce through divorce litigation in California may range from $50,000 to $100,000 if your case is complicated or contested. However, if your case is easy and your spouse is willing to collaborate, consider a DIY divorce that keeps your costs down.


DIY divorce is the most affordable of all divorcing options in California. With The Complete Divorce, you can navigate your full divorce case, for just $299, as of the writing of this blog, including:

  1. A 30-minute strategy meeting with a TCD divorce expert;
  2. easy access to human-friendly forms and online software;
  3. An access to Online Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA) Builder;
  4. Full access to 8-hour-long online video tutorials (revealing strategies, divorce steps, and ways to complete and file forms)
  5. Flowcharts and checklists for an easy low-cost divorce


If you need more help, we also offer our expertise to review and file your and your spouse’s legal forms.


It is important to note that none of TCD's services contain hidden costs, such as a subscription service or renewal fees.


With other do-it-yourself divorce services in California, spouses may need to hire an additional attorney to review and file divorce paperwork with the court, but The Complete Divorce ensures that you don’t need an attorney with your California DIY divorce.

  • DIY Promises Ease and Simplicity:

A do-it-yourself divorce with The Complete Divorce is a 4-step process from completing forms to getting a final divorce decree. Follow the steps:


  • Step 1: Attend a strategy meeting (of 30 minutes or 1 hr.) with a TCD divorce expert ;
  • Step 2: Complete your online divorce forms and MSA (with TCD assistance);
  • Step 3: Get your and your spouse’s forms reviewed (through a TCD divorce expert);
  • Step 4: You are all done. Now, a TCD expert will file your forms (paperwork) and MSA with the court to obtain a divorce judgment.


There are four options to completing your divorce. (1) Divorce litigation, (2) Collaborative Divorce, (3) Mediation, and DIY Divorce. The difficulty level starts with divorce litigation and simplifies to DIY Divorce:


Divorce Litigation →Collaborative Divorce → Mediation→ DIY Online Divorce

Litigation is the most difficult of all because it involves complex legal procedures and the costs of expensive attorneys. While a collaborative divorce is also an expensive option compared to mediation and a DIY divorce.


A DIY divorce is easiest of all because it is neither stressful nor complicated, rather super simple with The Complete Divorce’s assistance.


The Complete Divorce provides all information, documentation, forms, and tutorials on their (The Complete Divorce) website for simplifying the divorce.

If you feel difficulty in any process, you can talk to a divorce expert.

  • Confidential and Private:

All court hearings are recorded and go public. A DIY divorce does not involve court hearings, which keeps your negotiation process private and confidential.


This privacy allows you to directly negotiate with your spouse. For most, this increases the opportunities to reach a creative and more family-centric agreement. You both are focused on what works for you, rather than getting caught up in a contentious court battle.


Empirical studies demonstrate that those who work together to reach an agreement have more follow-through of those agreements. As a result, you and your spouse are unlikely to go to court in the future to enforce the agreements you made in your DIY divorce. That’s a huge win.


All TCD software and digital forms are well-protected with industry-standard security measures to ensure your information stays confidential and never gets leaked or shared.

It’s time to take control of your divorce. Our basic plan puts you way ahead of the curve, providing you with up-to-date family law strategies, rules, and options so you can successfully do your divorce on your own.


If you are not ready to file for divorce, consider our Navigating Divorce course for $199.00. This course tells you what to watch out for in deciding to divorce, and what a divorce looks like, your rights and options as well.


Wherever you are in your process, we have something to help you succeed. Getting a great divorce shouldn’t be a secret or reserved for the wealthy. You too can successfully divorce, even on your own.