At Lindsay & Lindsay Attorneys at Law, we see a lot of Bremerton, WA, couples who have attempted to do a pro se divorce. For those not familiar with the term, a pro se divorce means the couple files their own divorce paperwork and does not use the services of a divorce attorney.
The most beneficial aspect of a pro se divorce is that it is less costly. The forms are readily available online, and also through the courts if you know specifically what to request. In some cases, if there are no children, no savings, no retirement funds and no community property of any large value, this can be an effective option.
At Lindsay & Lindsay Attorneys at Law, we offer a free initial consultation for all of our clients. This allows us to review the facts of your divorce and to answer your questions about costs and fees based on your specific case.
The biggest challenges and potential problems of a pro se divorce significantly outweigh the benefits of saving a very small amount of money. Incorrectly filing paperwork, missing information or failing to consider different aspects of the short and long-term implications of the division of property and assets, not to mention the responsibilities for debts, can have very costly and long-term repercussions.
Hiring a divorce attorney to represent your best interests in the divorce case prevents these problems from creating conflict. It also prevents errors and omissions on the divorce paperwork that may be complex and difficult to correct once they are discovered.
Keep in mind, the courts in Bremerton, WA, cannot provide legal advice. They cannot point out mistakes, review forms or give any legal information, which makes the process challenging if you do not have an experienced divorce attorney. For a free consultation, call us today at 360.876.7601.