Attorney Alan Mikshansky, our Divorce With Dignity affiliate owner in Sacramento County, CA, offers Family Law services related to divorce planning and facilitation, divorce coaching, and spouse/child support. One of his goals is to help people avoid costly mistakes that often occur with “do-it-yourself” divorce methods, and show them how they can reduce the cost of divorce with professional planning. We asked him to share his thoughts on this topic.
A lot of people try to reduce the costs of divorce by turning to self-help books or online legal documents providers for a “do-it-yourself” divorce. Although many of these do have some good advice, most of them are geared toward getting people to call in on their help-line or urging them to contact an attorney. Self-help books offer a bare-bones approach, and there are many gaps. And if you look at the online legal services, you’ll find huge disclaimers at the bottom of every page. They make it look easy by asking you to just answer some questions while they fill in the form for you. But are they asking the right questions? It’s usually a list of fairly general questions, not really personalized for you. It’s one thing to fill out the paperwork, and quite another to know what’s behind the paperwork and to know how the answers you enter will affect you in the future.
When people try to fill out the divorce papers on their own, they run into the same issues about not knowing the right questions to ask or knowing how to deal with the special circumstances of their situation. They don’t know how to move the process along and get it done. They are plagued with questions, confusion, and misunderstandings, and the process can get stalled. Or even worse, they can move forward in the wrong way and get things all twisted up. Someone who doesn’t know in the beginning what they want might do the paperwork wrong at first and have to start all over again. They can continue on this path of false starts until it drags on for so long that they get frustrated and emotionally drained, and end up having to get attorneys involved, adding to their financial burden.
But what if people were to get help in the beginning of the process from a legal professional who knows how the divorce process works and knows the right questions to ask, someone who can help with planning a divorce for the best outcome, and can act as a guide through the steps? The whole process would become much simpler, easier, and quicker – and much less costly than litigation. This is exactly what I offer to anyone seeking a peaceful divorce.
Even though divorcing couples’ situations can have similarities, they are all unique. What might work for one couple might not work for another. That is why it helps to have someone guide you through the process, a neutral party who is there to listen to you and answer your questions. As a Divorce With Dignity professional with comprehensive experience in family law, I understand how this whole process works and how to help you plan your divorce carefully so you can make good decisions for the best outcome possible. With Divorce With Dignity, you get personalized divorce support services while saving yourself a great deal of time, stress, and money.
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The author of this blog is not an attorney and the information contained in these blogs should not be considered legal advice. The information provided here is based on the experience of the author and some of her clients whose actual names are not mentioned. Do not hesitate to seek the advice of an attorney if you have any legal questions.