Pitfalls of Do-It-Yourself Divorce

We prefer to handle every case from start to finish because there are so many pitfalls of do-it-yourself divorce.  If we are involved from the very beginning, we will spend the time necessary to understand your wishes and your reasons for pursuing those desires.  With a clear picture of the past, the present and where you want to be in the future, we will strategize on your behalf.  Together, we will frame the issues in a manner that best suits the end result you want.


For a variety of reasons, it is not always possible for us to handle a family law case from start to finish.  There are times when individuals come to us asking if we can jump in at the eleventh hour because they have fallen victim to one or more pitfalls of do-it-yourself divorce.  We are ready and willing to do this if the circumstances demand it.  While the chances of success will surely be affected by the case management prior to our involvement, oftentimes, we are able to get involved at the last minute and give our clients a fighting chance at reaching their goals.


On more than one occasion, we have consulted with self-represented clients who were in the midst of their cases.  We have been fortunate to discover game-changing mistakes in the form of filings, failure to disclose evidence, or possible unreasonable behavior on the part of the client.  

We have helped these parties self-correct and have provided them with strategies for controlling the damage caused by the lack of knowledge of the laws and the system, some of the most common pitfalls of do-it-yourself divorce.

In a few rare situations, we have consulted with individuals after it was too late.  Unfortunately, they came to us after the judge had made a decision or after they had already entered into a binding agreement.  We recognize that if the case had been handled differently, there would have been a better result.


Whether or not you intend to retain an attorney to handle your case, we encourage you to at least consult with one at the outset.  The financial investment of consulting with an experienced, qualified attorney is worth your peace of mind and will help you avoid the pitfalls of do-it-yourself divorce.  If you consult with our attorneys, depending upon the length of the consult, we can provide you with a general roadmap of options that exist in your circumstances.  We can point you in the right direction and verify whether you are on the right track.    


To the best of our ability, we can help you avoid the landmines that exist for individuals representing themselves without formal legal training or experience.

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