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What Are the Drawbacks of a DIY Divorce in Illinois?

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In this digital age, do-it-yourself (DIY) projects have skyrocketed. With the help of creative websites and television shows that teach viewers how to do their own projects, rather than hiring someone else, DIY has become a valid alternative in a number of areas. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, our society and the way we do things has completely changed. The high number of cases and demands for social distancing have made many people wary of going out in public, even for things as important as legal advice. Those considering divorce during these unprecedented times may be researching ways to complete the process without the involvement of a legal professional. While do-it-yourself projects may be a good idea for some home improvement, it is not a smart option for legal proceedings.

How Does a DIY Divorce Work?

Every state has its own stipulations that go along with divorce, as is the case with all legal proceedings. However, if you simply type “divorce papers” into your favorite search engine, hundreds of options for DIY divorce papers will appear from which you can choose. They likely range in price, all of which promise lower rates than an attorney, yet the generic nature of these documents can lead you into dangerous territory. Simply requiring a signature and a few additional details, these documents may seem like a valid option to save you time and money, but armed with the following information, you should think twice about taking on this DIY project.

Hidden Pitfalls

As is the case with most things on the Internet, DIY divorce agreements are often too good to be true. Since these documents are probably not written by a legal professional, the chances of them holding up in court are slim to none. They probably address the primary areas of divorce, such as asset division and parenting time, but they likely lack the minor details that those without a legal background would easily overlook. In most cases, those considering DIY divorce will work with their spouse to create their divorce agreement. If neither of you has a legal background, you may be signing over your rights to things you do not fully understand. Without the help of a legal or financial professional, your assets will probably be divided unfairly, leaving one spouse much wealthier than the other. 

You may also end up creating a parenting plan that does not necessarily fit your role or abilities as a parent. Without a third-party present, it can be difficult to determine when you are being taken advantage of by your partner or the pre-made divorce agreement. In some cases, your spouse may hire an attorney while you try to represent yourself. This gives the represented spouse a much greater advantage over the DIY divorce spouse, even if you and your partner have a fairly amicable relationship.

Contact a St. Charles Divorce Attorney

Most divorcing couples want to have a strong hand in creating their divorce agreement to ensure that it reflects their desires in the future. Unfortunately, this need for control can be manipulated if it falls into the hands of the wrong person or Web search. At the Law Offices of Benedict Schwarz, II P.C., we build a relationship with all of our clients so that we understand their priorities in their divorce and help them achieve these goals in their personalized agreement. With over 50 years of combined experience in divorce and family law, our attorneys have a tried-and-true reputation of successfully assisting our clients with their legal needs. For help with legally ending your marriage, contact our Geneva divorce lawyers today at 630-200-4882 to schedule your free consultation.

 

Sources:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jefflanders/2012/04/24/the-four-divorce-alternatives/#1ade6c3920ae

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/diy-divorce_n_3756900?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAHUsiMN7usRQS3UrevG8DyoQGqdRPYaKzwdJEoRUEyf4hR5qeYPIbrwbHq6RMGcF3nqKFlD_GJZhlceYyVBcyKVONbqC-0jsvHfrKMp0pWu2BVBPoJ_eoX-yUvufZVvV3QSDr3coTgsb_O7rvXu3pvVr0zMnSZHWryTZm61Ufd7F 

 

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