Thursday, July 14, 2011

Divorce in Idaho - Boise Divorce Attorney Answers The Question, "Can You Do It Yourself?"

As a Boise Divorce Attorney I regularly get calls from individuals wanting to know if they can do their divorce by themselves.  I always give an anecdotal account of my ability to do task by myself in which I am not trained.  What I mean by that is, I am not a plumber so, how well can I do plumbing myself?  Or, I am not an electrician, so how well can I wire the lights by myself?  That having been said, I will ask you, if you are not a lawyer, how well can you do your divorce by yourself?  These are really the types of questions you have to ask yourself if you want to do your own divorce.

There are lots of resources for do-it-yourself or cheap divorce kits in Idaho.  Some are valid and some just want your money.  The Idaho Supreme Court provides a website that has many do-it-yourself forms on-line.  If you have not been married very long, have not acquired much property, you don't have children or custody issues, and you understand the difference between community property and separate property, you may do fine doing your own divorce.  The difficulty arises when you have more complex issues such as retirement division or equalization of community property.  Custody arrangements can also be tricky if you don't know what the law allows or requires.  Not to stray to far from the issue, but it is like a probate case that becomes a gigantic headache for the survivors because the testator of the will decided to use a do-it-yourself will kit and marked the wrong boxes, in effect, nullifying the law and passing his or her property to a party they never intended to give it to.

If you want to save money by not hiring attorneys to do your divorce or custody issues, it is probably better to save money by hiring lawyers who are experienced in family law.  Also, you can reduce your total bill by not incurring unnecessary charges, such as for calling your attorney to tell them that you have been fighting over the bills with your soon to be ex.  Make certain your calls to your attorney are about necessary and important issues.  You can also reduce your legal expenses by being active in your case.  What I mean by this is, gathering important documents, weeding out superfluous documents and by providing your divorce lawyer with all the relevant materials they have asked you for.

If you are looking for an experienced Boise Divorce Attorney who provides affordable and excellent legal representation, call (208) 472-2383.  Kershisnik Law always provides a free consultation, so give us a call today and see what we can do for you.  You will be glad you did.

1 comment:

  1. It really is interesting to think about the different things that are available when going through a divorce. I really like that you specifically mentioned that hiring a lawyer, in some situations, is easier on the money than going at it by yourself. That really is something that is interesting to think about. Thank you for sharing.