Filing for divorce jointly and as a pro se litigant means that the couple who wants to be divorced files for divorce jointly using one set of court documents and neither person hires an attorney to battle over their assets and possibly their children and represent him/her in court. Pro se means by yourself in Latin.
Filing for divorce jointly and pro se will enable your divorce to be more cooperative than conflictual and, therefore, less stressful. Moreover, it will make your postdivorce life a bit more harmonious, which will be very helpful if you continue to share a business, friends, or children.
Filing for divorce jointly and pro se will also enable the couple to jointly save thousands to tens of thousands of dollars. ChristieLegal charges $60 – 75* per hour, whereas an attorney costs $200 to $400 per hour. If the couple isn’t filing for divorce jointly and pro se, then each of them is paying $200+ per hour for his/her attorney’s services. Therefore, ChristieLegal would charge the couple 1/6 or less than each of them lawyering up would cost!
If there are a few asset or child custody issues that you folks haven’t made a decision on, then Christie can help you resolve them by telling you what your options are. She could also refer you to a mediator, who will charge $100 to $300 per hour, for the same service, or an attorney, who will charge $200 to $300 per hour, for the same service and legal advice on which option you should choose.
Filing for divorce jointly and pro se is fairly simple.
- Christie will write the divorce documents that you folks must file with the court based on the decisions that you folks make.
- Christie will explain to you how to file the documents and prepare you for the court process.
- You will file the documents with family court.
- If you don’t have joint children, then, in all likelihood, the judge will review and then sign your divorce documents in his/her chambers within 2 weeks of you mail filing them with the court.
- If you have joint children, then you folks will appear in court for a default hearing at which the judge will likely ask you a few questions regarding what your divorce documents state regarding the custody, parenting time, and financial support of your joint children, usually only your joint minor children. Then, the judge will either decide to approve your divorce documents or review and then sign them in his/her chambers within a few days.
- Within a few days thereafter, you will receive a notice that your divorce has been finalized.
* Christie offers a 20% discount to low-income folks, college students, Service members and veterans, musicians and other artistic folks, teachers, law enforcement and corrections officers, social workers, and mental health professionals.