Avoid the PAIN of doing your own divorce.
We have done up our own request for divorce, joint petition, written affidavits and trial record, and the judge will not grant us a divorce…so I am trying to get some advice..”
Joint Petitioners. (location not given)
The divorce got rejected. Then he filed again in August and this time one of my family friends (lawyer) signed on my behalf. but somehow it got rejected again…Please give me advice.”
S. P. British Columbia
He did the paperwork himself but had problems with the filings, and now he’s been told to start all over again. I think he has given up, and we’re still not divorced”.
Stephanie, just outside Ottawa
The Pitfall for Newbies
We are often asked if it is possible to do your own divorce. And the answer is, “Maybe”.
It is a general principle in law that no person needs to employ a lawyer if he/she does not want to and anyone can represent himself or herself in court. This is true of divorce just as it is of any other legal proceedings. Indeed, if the divorce is uncontested, it is unlikely that you will be required to attend court; provided that you have been diligent with your paperwork and support documents.
In fact, you can do it yourself and for you this may be a perfectly satisfactory option. You should, however, be aware of the following:
This is not court TV, it takes more time than you can ever imagine to unravel the legal requirements.
Any unclear wording, or the smallest of errors will cause a day-at-the-beach divorce to become a month-in-shark-infested-waters divorce
Avoid using the court to harass your ex rather than to achieve a resolution.
Roadblocks spring up when either of you fail to agree, or simply fail to understand the basic rules
The huge price you pay for your emotional stress. You are fighting your ex and now you find yourself fighting the court, alone.
Errors and omissions in your paperwork will have your case put on hold or rejected. ( see the very real quotes above )
The courts have little sympathy for two kinds of self-represented parties – the hostile and the inept.
DIY divorce is possible if you have the time and patience to research the Divorce Act, study your provincial laws, and become comfortable with court proceedings. You still need to do your own cost/benefit analysis; you must seriously consider the colossal amount of time required just to correctly fill in the various forms and decide which ones are appropriate for you.
OK, there are kits out there that may cost you $40 or so. However, the problem is that you are still on your own and it is too easy to get over your head with the complications. It can be so frustrating.
Look at it this way. When I prepare your legal package you have me in your corner. The alternative is often several wasted trips to the court, and that just adds to your level of stress and frustration.
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