An overabundance of legal information and legal software services may make it seem as though getting a divorce in Illinois is a straightforward process that can be mostly done online. Do-it-yourself (DIY) divorce offers the promise of a quick, inexpensive alternative to hiring divorce attorneys and battling out your differences in court.
For many couples, however, things turn out to be more complicated than they initially seem. Even when spouses agree on most major divorce issues, they may get stuck negotiating financial issues like spousal maintenance or child support. Or one spouse may be surprised to learn that their partner felt coerced into signing a prenuptial agreement and now disagrees with its terms. Whatever the issue, DIY divorce can often present more problems than solutions. Here are three common issues people run into with DIY divorces.
The Tone of Your Divorce Can Change While it is Ongoing
Spouses who respect each other may initially agree to pursue mediation and resolve everything as peacefully as possible. During the actual negotiations, however, the worst in people may come out - and a peaceful divorce can quickly escalate into something much more hostile. Not having an attorney to advise you and make sure you are getting a fair deal could position you for long-term setbacks once a divorce is finalized....