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DIY Online Divorce: Is It Safe?

On Behalf of | Apr 14, 2016 | Divorce |

You may have seen or heard about people using online DIY divorce services. A claim to a quick, cheap and easy divorce. However, people should use extra caution when even considering this type of method (if at all). As the old saying of buyer beware goes, you usually get what you pay for. Divorce is a very serious life decision and not something that should be taken so lightly that a click of a few buttons can change this legal status.

A Lesson Learned By an English Man

In one extreme situation in 2011, a man in England got what he thought was an online divorce. He proceeded to marry his second wife, only to have his first wife see the wedding pictures on Facebook. The divorce had never been officially finalized as a decree not issued by the court. She alerted the police who charged the man with bigamy. The man ended up paying a fine. However, the lesson seems to be that a quicky divorce online may not be as official as you may think it is.

While what happened to this man in England is not common, it is still scary to see just what DIY online divorce can result in. If you are thinking about getting a divorce, understand that there are potential consequences to utilizing these types of sites or services. Financial mistakes could be made when the division of marital assets and liabilities issues is determined. There could be a mistake in calculating child support. These are all blunders that you certainly do not want to deal with in an already complicated time.

It is highly recommended that you at least consider instead getting an experienced, knowledgeable and skilled divorce attorney. A divorce attorney will give you the personal attention that you deserve. Furthermore, you do not want to have to worry about whether your divorce will be done right. Especially during an already stressful time. Talk to a skilled and thorough divorce lawyer in Washington today.