Should I Get an Online Divorce?

The Law Office of Doppelt and Forney, APLC practices in all aspects of family law including divorce, legal separation and paternity. We offer a free, in-office consultation with an attorney to discuss your case, as well as possible strategies for your case. We represent clients in Family Law Court in all Court Houses in San Diego County, including downtown, Vista, Chula Vista, and El Cajon.

If you Google “Online California Divorce”, ads will pop up advertising cheap divorce services (under $200) and ready to file in 15 minutes.

But is it too good to be true? A divorce lawyer can cost thousands of dollars. Can it all be done for less than $200, conveniently online?

Firstly, if your divorce is contested, meaning you and your spouse do not agree on all issues, such as division of assets and debts, child custody, spousal support, child support, etc., then you will not qualify for an online divorce.

If your case is uncontested, divorce paperwork is still often lengthy, confusing, and stressful. An online service will assist you with completing the necessary forms, but you are ultimately responsible for ensuring all the information you enter online is accurate. Errors on forms can cause delays in the proceedings and can even hurt you if you misunderstand the information you are providing. This is especially true if your spouse has hired a divorce lawyer, as your spouse will have someone extremely knowledgeable on the law on his/her side, advocating for his/her rights.

Forbes contributor Jeanne Croteau wrote an article titled “I Used an Online Divorce Service – This Is What Happened”. In the article, she warns others of the issues she faced during the process.

Cronteau detailed her issues with receiving assistance for the problems she was running into on the online service. Not only that, it ended up costing her much more than the advertised price.

Overall, she provides this feedback, “While the idea of ending your marriage through an online service might seem convenient and appealing, this is one of those matters that might be better handled the old-fashioned way.”

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