Let’s talk about whether or not you should hire an Attorney. Let me go ahead and say unequivocally, “YES YOU SHOULD!” Obviously, since I am an attorney, and since I earn a living by doing uncontested divorces, I’m probably going to be a little biased. I realize that. In fact lots of people are successfully able to navigate the complicated domestic relations laws, civil procedure laws, and myriad of Uniform Superior Court Rules. It can be done. However, what is your piece of mind worth? Do you really want to be sitting in bed two years later, on the eve of getting remarried, worrying whether or not prior divorce was legally sufficient? What if it was legally sufficient, but you didn’t cover an area you needed to cover? If you left out the indemnification clause and now the bill that he or she is supposed to pay shows up on your credit report just as you are trying to qualify for a mortgage? I know, everyone worries about the cost. Attorneys cost money. Attorneys are so expensive. I don’t have the money. I can’t afford an Attorney. First of all, an attorney for an uncontested divorce is not that expensive. Second, even if you can do it yourself, how long is it going to take you to get it right. How many trips to the Courthouse or phone calls to clerk are you going to have to make in order get all the right pleadings and forms filled out correctly? How long is each mistake going to delay your divorce?
Have you ever completed a Parenting Plan? What about child support worksheet? They are not very intuitive. I’m sure you can figure it out, but what is your piece of mind worth? You decide.