Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Can I Just Use Uncontested Divorce Forms Online?

"An uncontested divorce is when both spouses agree to most, if not all, of the division of assets, finances, and child custody and visitation of minor children. This type of divorce decreases the Court requirements and legal fees dramatically!”

In many divorce cases it is helpful to begin with the uncontested process to see if an agreement can be reached before starting the contested Court process. An uncontested divorce can be quicker, cheaper, and more efficient. The down side of an uncontested divorce, for some, is that, “no blame is assigned to you or your spouse.”
Once you decide you want to start with an uncontested divorce, you need to decide how to proceed legally. You may be able to find some forms online to start the process yourself, but most do not have the specific state or county requirements for your divorce to go smoothly. Local Superior Court Clerks may also have forms available, but they are just that, forms. Also, “the clerk and deputy clerks are strictly forbidden to practice law by statute and are restricted in what they can give advice about or assistance in preparing.” Hiring an attorney to work with you on your specific situation will make sure your full uncontested divorce documents are in order and are suited to your meet your needs while still allowing for a quicker divorce process. 

“The decision to hire an attorney is up to the individual. By law, all Georgia citizens are entitled to represent themselves in court. However, the procedures in court can be complicated and pro se litigants frequently lose cases because they do not understand courtroom procedures.”
You can just use uncontested divorce forms you find online to file for divorce but it may delay the process if you do not have all of the proper county forms, the forms will not address your specific situation, and you will be acting as your own attorney with no legal guidance.  The Law Office of Christine M Bechtold, LLC offers uncontested divorce document production services and legal guidance at reduced flat fees to help you through this process.

Contact the office today for your free initial consultation. 770.466.2700