It might seem like an ultra-convenient route to take through divorce, but using the Internet as your only resource throughout the process could be pretty risky, according to family law experts.
In today’s digital age, many websites offer the necessary forms, documents and resources that spouses feel they need to complete a divorce. By doing it themselves, they can save significant money on legal fees, but that is not to say they will not pay even more for mistakes they could potentially commit.
Using the Internet is also not much quicker, if at all. Just look at the fact that the Texas Family Code is comprised of 226 different chapters. All of this information is important, so there is a lot of reading to do to be properly prepared.
This is a real concern for parting spouses in Texas and throughout the rest of the country as online divorce is on the rise. Still, one Texas–based divorce attorney has seen her share of disaster stories when it comes to spouses relying on the Internet for legal advice during divorce.
The attorney said that she has seen many spouses get halfway through the process before they are forced to turn to a qualified attorney to fix a problem or issue they encountered. One couple brought their case to a judge, who found it woefully incomplete. He found issues with their child custody arrangement and then forced them to seek the help of an attorney.
Divorce is not something you want to cut corners on. A bad deal in a divorce could affect you for the rest of your life. You could lose the wealth you worked hard to accumulate or lose out on time spent with children. Legal fees should not be seen as an inconvenience, rather, a worthy investment.
Source: KXXV.com, “Online divorce option increasing,” Mike Iliopoulos, April 8, 2013