Get Insight from a San Diego Divorce Attorney
Many individuals have considered handling their divorce themselves — whether as the Petitioner (the spouse who initiates the divorce) — or as the Respondent (the spouse responding to the Petitioner’s action). Particularly in difficult economic times, it’s tempting to try to save money by filing divorce papers oneself, or by representing oneself in response to a spouse’s divorce filing.
However, only a very small percentage of marriages are so easily resolved that it’s not a problem to proceed without a family law attorney. The initial steps — filing the proper divorce papers — are often where the first mistakes are made by a “pro se” litigant (that is, someone trying to handle his or her side of the divorce on their own).
What You Need to Know About Divorce Papers
Most people have a vague idea of what receiving or filing “divorce papers” means. There are plenty of sources on the Internet that offer to help individuals file their own divorce papers, on their own or with help from an independent paralegal. Keep in mind that there is no guarantee that such a source will provide:
- The correct forms — the divorce papers could be wrong for your state or county, outdated, incomplete, or completely useless
- The correct guidance — the source may steer you wrong, whether from carelessness or ignorance of the law
- Any follow-up help — once the source has sold you “the bill of goods,” you’re often left without anyone to turn to when you have questions or you need help with your divorce papers
The clerks at the family law court offices are not there to help do anything more than file divorce papers. If the marriage produced any children, or if any major assets are involved (e.g., real estate, pensions), or if one of the spouses has moved or will move out of San Diego county, legal representation, although not required, is beneficial.
Consult a San Diego Divorce Lawyer
As one of San Diego County’s most respected family law firms, The Edmunds Law Firm has been helping San Diegans with divorce and other family law matters for over 33 years. The divorce process begins as soon as the papers are filed. If you are considering filing for divorce or if you or your spouse has already filed the papers, an attorney from our firm can help guide you through the process.
To schedule a consultation with a San Diego divorce attorney at our firm, please contact us today.