Many couples can finish their CA divorce without any professional help, even the help of a mediator. In that case, the last process, “DIY Divorce”, where spouses work directly with each other works well.
When you work directly with your spouse, you do not need to go to court hearings or before a judge. You can be very successful as long as you have the right resources to work through the divorce steps and resolve difficult disputes.
Time. The amount of time it takes depends on how much time you dedicate to finishing your divorce. You’ll need some time to learn about the divorce process and your legal rights, plus the time to reach an agreement and file the right paperwork. You save a lot of time because you can focus on the actual issues needed to finish your divorce; instead of lengthy hearings for temporary issues.
But the key with this approach is discipline, so you finish in a short few months. If you are not, it can take years to finish.
Cost. Working directly with your spouse is the most affordable of all the processes, especially when it is compared to hiring attorneys or a collaborative team. Your costs will be for the instructional materials, court fees, any document preparation services you use, and duplicate copies. You might also pay a legal professional, like a lawyer or mediator, to review your agreement. This might cost several hundred to a few thousand dollars.
Control. In this process, control is determined by your relationship with your spouse. If you and your spouse are both able to value each other’s opinions and beliefs, both of you’ll be in control. Sharing control is the only way to achieve a successful result. If one is overbearing and intimidating, that spouse will have all the control, and make self-serving decisions. The other risks losing many legal rights, and might be pushed to use another process, like litigation. This uncertainty makes this process risky. You could end up without a final agreement, further complicate your relationship with your spouse, and ultimately have to restart your divorce.
Difficulty Level. The difficulty depends on your ability to learn the divorce process and communicate with your spouse. With the right divorce resources, it’s very possible. You’ll learn which forms to file, where to file them, and how to prepare a final agreement. You might ask a legal professional to review your completed forms and agreements to make sure you have done them correctly. You’ll also need to learn the laws that apply to your case. The more complicated your case, the more you’ll need to know. You’ll then need to successfully communicate what you learned to your spouse to reach an agreement. This can be difficult for couples that do not trust each other.
Working with your spouse can be very successful. It is cost-effective and keeps you in control. If you have an uncomplicated case and a good working relationship with your spouse, working directly with your spouse may be an easy choice.
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