How to” Do-It-Yourself Divorce”
Divorce can be a trying time for most people. It is already mentally and physically a burden, so why put more financial stress on yourself as well?
Many people think that you have to hire a lawyer or go to one of the online lawyers, who will only charge you several hundred dollars to do something that you can do on your own.
I am unsure about all of the states, but in North Carolina I got a divorce for a minimal price. I did all of the work myself and paid less than two-hundred dollars, and it was completely legitimate. When I checked the cost of having my lawyer draw up the paperwork, I found that it would have cost five-hundred dollars more than I actually paid.
If you are one of those people, like many, who are eligible for a divorce, yet cannot afford it, think again. It is possible to get it done for just under $200.
Go to your local library and look (or ask) for a book of legal forms for your state. In it you will find a form labeled, “Absolute Judgement for Divorce”, or something very similar to this. There are two different versions of the form available, one for couples with children, one for childless couples. All you will need to do is make three copies of this form. One copy for yourself, one to be served to your soon-to-be ex, and one to file with the clerk of court. You will need to fill out and have notorized all three copies before you take them to be filed in the county courthouse where you reside.
Most banks will notorize forms for existing customers free of charge. Once the forms are filled out and notorized, you can take them to the clerk of superior court so that they can be filed in your county. There will be a 30 day period in which the defendant will have to contest the divorce, after this time you can set your date to appear to finalize your divorce.
Your ex does not even have to be present to have your divorce granted. In some areas you can even allow the Clerk of Court to grant your divorce and not even have to appear before the Judge.
There are many ways to get a divorce, yet the bottom line I found when checking on the charges is that the court fee never changes, only the lawyer or preparers fee, which is something that you can do for yourself.