DIY Divorce vs. Hiring an Attorney: Which Should You Choose?

In the United States, approximately 2.9 divorces occur out of a population of 1,000. In each divorce, couples must make a choice between pursuing a do-it-yourself (DIY) divorce or hiring an attorney. Which one is the best route to take?

DIY Divorce May Cost You

A DIY divorce is often viewed as the most inexpensive option available to couples looking to dissolve their marriage. Although it may seem that way at first blush, what with the availability of online tools and easy-to-access paperwork, DIY divorce may cost you even more in the end.

Child Support

State-mandated guidelines in Texas do not specify exactly what child support pays for. In a DIY divorce, you’re required to calculate child support on your own, taking into account all the expenses of raising your children. It’s easy to undercalculate, risking financial distress after your divorce.

The Filing Process

Although the state requirements for divorce in Texas are rather straightforward, there are additional requirements based on the district you and your spouse live in. If you don’t understand and meet the filing requirements for both, you could be stuck in the divorce process for much longer than expected.

Property Division

Texas is a community property state. This means that property is jointly owned by the married couple, leaving most to believe that an estate can be split 50/50 and finalized. Although possible, the judge in a divorce makes the final call, determining what is just for each party. The judge considers factors such as fault, earning capacities, health, inheritance and more.
Attempting to negotiate the final settlement on your own can leave you without property that’s rightfully yours. This may even place you in a financial bind after your divorce is final.

The Benefits of Hiring an Attorney for Your Divorce

A DIY divorce may seem like a great idea, especially if you and your spouse feel like you’re on the same page. It’s important to understand that divorces are never easy and each one comes with its own unique set of hurdles. A knowledgeable divorce attorney can help by providing these benefits:

  • Trusted advice during an emotional time: You need objective advice as you go through this emotional time. An attorney serves as your advisor, keeping you focused on the big picture.
  • Streamlined divorce filing process: Divorces require detailed paperwork from beginning to end. Attorneys offer many years of experience, resulting in a streamlined divorce filing process.
  • Fair property division: You deserve your fair share of the marital estate. An attorney can help you receive what you lawfully deserve through experienced negotiation.
  • Additional legal options: An attorney will help you choose a divorce option that best fits your needs including processes such as mediation. These processes may save you money and emotional stress in the long run.

You Don’t Have to Face Your Divorce Alone

A divorce is a trying process that you shouldn’t go through alone. From paperwork and red tape to child custody, you need an experienced family law attorney by your side. To learn more about your legal options, send us a message.