Cheap Divorce Arizona
Written by Brenden Kennedy

Disadvantages of Cheap Divorce in Arizona

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Looking for a cheap divorce in Arizona? Heard of “$99 Divorce,” “$200 Divorce,” or “$299 Divorce” and wondering how you can get a divorce that cheap? There are options for less expensive divorces in Arizona, but you should know that hiring a “cheap” divorce lawyer or a paralegal is not always a wise decision.

If you are still married and thinking about getting divorced, you should know that Collaborative Divorce is a more peaceful divorce option. There are many benefits of choosing a collaborative process when you want to promote a healthy and satisfactory separation experience.

The least expensive way to get a divorce in Arizona is by using online forms and instructions available from the court’s self-service center. Although this option may limit your out-of-pocket cost to the filing fees and other incidental expenses, such a limited service  isn’t for everyone. If you spouse wants to turn your divorce into a battle, you might feel more comfortable having a lawyer on your side. Furthermore, using the forms and instructions available online doesn’t mean you won’t end up in court. If children are involved, the judge might want to speak with both parties.

Paperwork is Not Always Accepted by the Court

Online divorce templates that are not offered by the Superior Court are not always accepted by the court. These documents have been developed to meet the requirements of state statutes and local rules.

Incorrect or Incomplete Paperwork Can Complicate Divorce Negotiations

Cutting corners to save money can cause you to lose your rights or affect divorce negotiations in the future. According to Eiges & Orgel, PLLC, “The immediacy of these services can cause a spouse to act rashly and surrender significant rights to decisions, custody, or assets going forward. There have even been some cases in which half-completed online divorce services have negatively affected a future divorce negotiation.

Online Divorce Forms Might Be Reviewed by A Paralegal

If you complete the documents online through a site other than one maintained by the court, your paperwork might be reviewed by a paralegal, not an attorney. It’s common that “online” divorce services don’t have attorneys on staff. You don’t technically need a lawyer to review your paperwork but according to OnlineDivorceServices, “In most cases, you won’t need an attorney and can use the online system to save money. However, there are some instances where a lawyer should look over the paperwork.” Keep in mind that if you are unable to afford the services of an attorney, some state, including Arizona, allow for Certified Legal Document Preparers (CLDPs) to assist with the proper preparation of legal paperwork. Although these professionals are not licensed attorneys and cannot give legal advice, they are usually experienced with the forms you will need to file and pursue your legal action.

Complex Issues Will Cost More

Just because an online divorce service is known for being cheap, that doesn’t mean yours will be. Your divorce cost may depend on what the complexity of issues in your case. MyConsumerTips says, “the online fee can also depend on the kind of issues that are present in your case.  Also, depending on the complexity, the website might charge more.  In any case where there are complex issues, like child custody, or it’s not an amicable divorce, it’s best to consult with an attorney.”

No Legal Advice

Arizona courts will accept divorce forms created online but if you make an error it will end up costing you more. You may need legal advice to fill out the forms correctly. Regarding online document preparation services, TheLawCorner states, “You will not get legal advice to protect you and there is plenty of room for error. If you do make a mistake on these forms, it will most likely end up costing you more than you would have paid for your attorney in the first place.”

Online Divorce Applications Have a High Rejection Rate

It’s a fact that over 40% of applications for divorce are rejected because of errors. This will end up costing you more time and money. According to Amicable™, “Court stats show that four out of ten people have their divorce application rejected because there is an error on the form. This prolongs the process and adds stress.” They suggest seeking advice before filing divorce forms that were completed online.

No Help with Your Family or Future

Online divorce doesn’t help you plan for your future. With collaborative divorce, you get lawyers for each of you to answer important legal questions, financial neutrals to help with financial planning, communication coaches to help you communicate better with your spouse and children moving forward.

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Alternatives to Online Divorce

You may think of hiring lawyers as setting up a fight you don’t want. But filing divorce using online forms isn’t necessarily a good way to avoid fighting and it might not save you money in the long run. Hiring lawyers trained in collaborative divorce can actually help make the process less of a struggle. They can help you find ways to work together and find a settlement fair to both of you.

But whether you go with collaborative divorce or not, do-it-yourself divorce sets you up for trouble.

An experienced lawyer can help you understand the process and work toward a path forward. Divorce will always be scary, but working with a legal professional who represents your interests can help.

If you are considering a do-it-yourself divorce, take a step back to look at your options. Working with one of the professionals at Best Legal Choices may help you save time, money, as well as the headaches of navigating a divorce on your own.

Divorce litigation can be scary and emotionally draining for you, your spouse, and your children. But it doesn’t have to be that way with collaborative divorce. The collaborative process can result in a less expensive, more efficient, and less harmful outcome for everyone involved. One of the legalfinancial, and communication professionals at Best Legal Choices can help you navigate this difficult time in your life.

OUR PROFESSIONALS CAN HELP WITH THE COLLABORATIVE PROCESS IN ARIZONA!

Divorce litigation can be scary and emotionally draining for you, your spouse, and your children. But it doesn’t have to be that way with collaborative divorce. The collaborative process can result in a less expensive, more efficient, and less harmful outcome for everyone involved. One of the legalfinancial, and communication professionals at Best Legal Choices can help you navigate this difficult time in your life.