Do-It-Yourself Divorce Forms: Ever A Good Idea?

by Annette Burns on March 21, 2012

I saw this video on the Family Law Professor Blog about Texas’ new online, fill-out-your-own-Divorce-Petition process.   Arizona of course has had this process for years, at EZCourtForms.   One part of the video says that divorce lawyers aren’t too happy about the do-it-yourself forms.  I haven’t found that to be true.    I think divorce lawyers know that there’s a need for those services.  Unfortunately, we’ve also found that the do-it-yourself forms can be a source of business for us later, after the mistakes made by the forms are discovered by the parties.     Using those forms, without legal advice, for any case where children are involved, or where there’s any kind of deferred compensation or pension involved, could be a big, expensive mistake.

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