Filing for divorce jointly and without an attorney as a pro se litigant means that the couple files for divorce jointly using one set of court documents and neither person hires an attorney to battle over their assets and children or 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 and amicable 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 child, business, relatives, or friends.
Filing for divorce jointly and without an attorney / pro se will also enable the couple to divorce affordably. Who doesn’t want to save money?! Filing for divorce jointly saves couples thousands to tens of thousands of dollars compared to the cost of the average attorney’s fee. ChristieLegal charges $70 – 85* per hour, whereas an attorney costs $200 to $550 per hour. Therefore, ChristieLegal would charge the couple an average of 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 and helping you discuss those options. She could also refer you to a mediator, who will charge $100 to $300 per hour, or an attorney for the same service.
Filing for divorce jointly and without an attorney / 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 her heroes – Service members, law enforcement and corrections officers, firefighters, social workers, mental health providers, teachers, musicians, and veterans of all of those careers – and low-income folks.