07-27-2012, 12:15 PM
Join Date: Nov 2010
| | Re: Divorce without an Attorney?
Around here, you can draw up your own documents or have them done with a mediator or lawyer (collaboratively or individual). But both parties need independent counsel to finish signing off the papers. Another reason to talk to the local law system.
Personally, my plan is to get the first pass of the papers drawn up myself and talk to my wife about them. We're still amicable, and are (afaik) still on the same page with regards to visitation and division of assets. Then run things by a lawyer friend or relative, and get advice on whether we have things covered to the point that we can get independent legal counsel to sign off, or whether there's more we need to consider (and possibly go collaborative or mediated). But the more you can do and agree on without taking up a lawyers time, the more the two of you will be able to hold onto for yourselves. Assuming you have covered your actual legal requirements.
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