The California courts' efforts to provide affordable legal services, like "do-it-yourself" divorce cases in Alameda County, are commendable. The Judicial Council of California makes every effort to answer questions and direct people to the proper resource for answers to their questions.
Be aware that many clients are not aware that an agreement with a spouse may not really reflect what they intended to accomplish. And, several months or years later, they find themselves back in court re-arguing the same issues.
Do-it-yourself divorce may or may not be a good option for you. It might cost more in the long run than hiring a lawyer and mediating your case at the beginning. It is rarely productive when you are dealing with an angry spouse, you do not trust your spouse, or he or she has a criminal history or is abusive to you or your children. Call me at 925-460-8000 for assistance in negotiating your divorce.
If you are not dealing with any anger or criminal issues I mentioned, my proposal to you is this: Take advantage of my years of divorce and family law experience. Allow me to look over the terms of divorce to which you and your spouse have agreed. I will let you know if you have any hidden issues before you sign the agreement and file it with the court.
At the very least, having an experienced divorce lawyer review your agreement will be a good investment in securing your future and your children's future.
Some of the risks of representing yourself that I have seen in "do-it-yourself divorce" cases happen when:
With over 50 years of experience representing family law clients, I am keenly aware of the hidden issues that can haunt clients years after a divorce is over. Please call me for a free initial phone consultation at 925-460-8000 or contact me online.
Silverman Divorce & Mediation Law firm has offices in Walnut Creek, Pleasanton and San Ramon, California, and serves clients in The East Bay and Tri-Valley areas and Contra Costa and Alameda counties.