I see it almost every day, some DIY-divorce-in-a-box for the low, low price of $395.99 and it’s even “state specific!”
These are almost always a disaster. They are a disaster for several reasons, but primarily because they are so often wrong, incomplete and inadequate. There is no uniform body of law in our country for Family Law. Each state has their own take on things, nuances and requirements.
Most lawyers are not out just to get your money. They want to help, usually. They want to be paid for their experience, expertise and specialized education.
Are there some duds? Yes. But, if you spend a few minutes researching, ask a trusted friend or other professional, you can usually get aimed in the right direction.
It may cost a little more on the front end, but long term having it done right is worth it.
Matthew Thompson is a family law attorney in Mississippi and hires a lawyer when he needs one too.