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Examining Pros and Cons of Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Divorce

Posted by Crissy Del Percio | Jan 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

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Divorce can be an emotional journey requiring careful navigation of legal complexities. Many opt for professional legal representation during their divorce, others take an unorthodox route and represent themselves. Here we examine both options as we explore self-representing your divorce case in court. 

Advantages of DIY Divorce


Cost Savings

Divorcing yourself can save both money and time compared to using an attorney, so this option could be perfect for people on a tight budget.


Individual Independence

Self-Representation in Divorce Cases Representing oneself can provide for a more participatory approach to legal processes and provides individuals with more insight and control into decision-making, providing greater empowerment.


Quicker Resolution

Divorces conducted by individuals themselves may be more efficient since they do not rely on the availability or schedule of an attorney to represent them in court proceedings. This is especially applicable in uncontested divorces where both parties agree on key issues.


Self-Representation Can Provide Greater Privacy

Individuals navigating their divorce without legal advice often enjoy greater discretion in handling their matters without resorting to lawyers as representation.


Adaptable Strategy

Self-represented individuals can take an informal and personalized approach to conflict settlement by opting for self-representation during divorce proceedings. This may prove particularly helpful for individuals who prefer the freedom and control they provide over proceedings.


Cons of DIY Divorce


Legal Complexity

Navigating the legal system alone can be daunting and complex, especially when dealing with divorce law and its nuances. People may encounter difficulty completing paperwork, understanding court procedures, and understanding terminology, which could jeopardize their case.


Emotional Stress

Representing oneself during a divorce proceeding can be emotionally draining. Rehearsing sensitive issues is essential, yet without an attorney present it may prove challenging for individuals dealing with this legal process.


Self-Representation Doesn't Guarantee Understanding

While self-representation allows individuals to be more involved, it does not ensure that they understand all of the legal complexities that surround a divorce settlement. A lack of legal knowledge could result in missed details that could alter its final settlement agreement.


Unfair Agreements

People who forgo legal advice may not understand what terms they are signing when there are power imbalances between parties or when one spouse has more legal knowledge than the other. This is especially likely when there are power differentials among them or when one partner may possess greater expertise regarding legal matters than another.


Divorcing without Legal Representation

Divorcing alone may not be suitable when there are complex financial matters, conflict, and child custody concerns involved. A lack of legal knowledge puts those involved at a distinct disadvantage since they lack resources that would enable them to present an argumentative case in court.

Legal decisions in divorce involve a complex process that can be emotionally straining and time-consuming. Self-representation can offer cost savings and personal empowerment, but it also comes with legal complexity and emotional strain. It's crucial to weigh all potential outcomes and seek limited legal advice as needed. Factors such as comfort level, knowledge of the legal system structure, case complexity, and desired results should be considered when making self-representation decisions.


If you want to know further or if you want to hire one of Drama Free Divorce's top divorce lawyers, call their office now at (816) 615-5555. Drama Free Divorce will not only help you have an amicable divorce with your spouse but also on how to prepare and equipped your self for recovery. 

About the Author

Crissy Del Percio

Crissy Del Percio is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Additionally, she received her undergraduate degrees in Journalism (News and Information) and Communication Studies from the world-renowned home of the Jayhawks – the University of Kansas. She has been practicing law for a decade and spent the first part of her career specializing in helping low-income survivors of domestic violence. Now at Drama-Free Divorce, Crissy enjoys helping people consciously uncouple. She is also a Guardian Ad Litem and domestic mediator. Crissy has won a number of prestigious awards for her work in public service, but you likely recognize her from her acting career, where she is also an award-winner. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her egregiously overpriced dog, Augustus Rodham and knitting. 


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