Research Options

Doing the divorce by yourself
Many Courts have documents for completing an uncontested divorce.  This will allow you to prepare your own documents and file them with the court.  Using this method, your only cost will be the cost of the documents from the court, which is usually nominal, and the court costs.

Advantages     Disadvantages  
Lowest cost option      Lack of Support from Court
  Possible errors in documents
  Inability to get specialized documents
  No representation if contested

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Using a local attorney to complete your divorce
Using an attorney will assure that you have a representative in Court to protect your interests.  You also will have professionally prepared documents.  If your divorce becomes contested by your spouse, meaning that your spouse disagrees on custody issues or property issues and files a response with the court, then your attorney can go to court and argue on your behalf.  The average cost of an attorney will be around $3,500.

Advantages     Disadvantages  
Representation in Court Highest cost option
Professional prepared documents Sometimes longer divorce process
Full support to answer questions  

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Using smartDivorce
Using SmartDivorce.com to complete your divorce will allow you to have professionally prepared documents, guaranteed to be approved by the court for only $199 plus court filing fees.  You will also have a support staff that will stay with you through the entire divorce process.

Advantages     Disadvantages  
Professional prepared documents     No representation if contested
Full support to answer questions  
Affordable cost  
   

You know your situation and when is the best option for your particular situation.  Divorce documents can be complicated, and the divorce process can be confusing.  SmartDivorce.com offers an affordable solution for you to access professional divorce services.