With smartphones in everyone’s pockets, it feels like everything has finally caught up to the online era. You can do basically everything online these days, and now you can add divorce to that list of things.
This might sound surprising but yes, online divorce is a valid and legal way for you to terminate your marriage. However, the convenience carries risks. For today’s blog post, we’re looking at online divorce and discussing when it may or may not be a good idea for your particular situation.
How does Online Divorce Work?
Online divorce services have cropped up over the last few years. While this might sound sketchy, these services are fully legal because they’re overseen by legal professionals. Companies such as Wevorce have created online road maps based on different types of common divorce situations and outcomes.
These tools can be effective in giving couples what they need to negotiate and finalize their divorce, and the online nature of the services is certainly convenient. However, the effectiveness of these services depend on one single factor: the level of amiability and willingness to cooperate between both partners.
Is an Online Divorce a Good Idea or a Bad Idea?
Even when offered online, the divorce process is a formal, drawn out affair. You have to navigate all steps of the divorce regardless, which includes the petition for divorce, proof of service, arrangements involving short-term custody and support arrangements, the negotiation itself, separation of property, and more.
When you opt for an online service, you lose a lot of face-to-face time with your attorney and other involved parties. So yes, an online divorce could proceed smoothly, or any number of issues could crop up during any phase of the process.
When the latter happens, having an attorney that is present is worth its weight in gold. And as experience has taught us, even the most seemingly simple and straightforward divorces can go wrong due to the slightest bump.
Consult with an Experienced Family Law Attorney
As you can imagine, we don’t really recommend online divorce to anyone but the most ideal of candidates, and even then we think those candidates need to be mindful of the additional risks attached to online divorce.
Fortunately, we at the Law Office of James P. White offer free initial consultations. This means you can speak to us about your legal needs and learn about how we can help, all without any commitment on your end.
Schedule your free appointment with one of our experienced divorce attorneys today! Call us at 925-271-0999 to learn more.