How To Get a Quick and Easy Divorce Online

Divorce is not only an upsetting and unhappy affair, it is also expensive. In addition to expenses such as moving, new housing, alimony and child support – there is also the matter of legal costs. Court fees and lawyer fees can easily be over $20,000 for most divorce cases.

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Although a divorce is usually not a pleasant or happy proposition, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a “war” between the spouses with their respective lawyers shooting it out – at a large cost. Many couples can agree to part amicably with what’s called an uncontested divorce. This means that all the sticky matters like support payments, custody and property division have been worked out and agreed to by the divorcing couple. Then there is no need for drawn out court proceedings or to hire very expensive divorce lawyers. Instead, they can use one of the many online divorce services that are available to get a legal divorce – for much less expense than using traditional divorce lawyers. In addition to the cost savings, these online services almost always are much faster in getting the divorce finalized. The best of these online divorce services are listed below.

Explanation of Online Divorce Services

Please note that most online divorce sites will only let you use their services if you and your spouse are in agreement about your divorce and are prepared to file an uncontested divorce, where you basically ask the court to approve your divorce agreement. Therefore, both spouses must be in complete agreement about custody, child support, spousal support, and property division.

If the above describes your situation, then online divorce services offer a quick, inexpensive, and easy way to complete your divorce. These services will do the following for you:

• Complete all of the papers for you online and file them -or;
• Complete the divorce papers online for you and tell you how to file them yourself – or;
• Walk you through completing the papers to then file the forms yourself.

Below is a list of the best online divorce services.

3StepDivorce

3StepDivorce is the oldest online divorce service and also the fastest service on this list and the top pick for a quick divorce filing. They complete state-specific forms for you, which are immediately ready with instructions on how to file them. You can print the forms or have them mailed to you. 3StepDivorce guarantees that your forms will be accepted by your state’s courthouse. Their fee is $299. The forms they complete for you are guaranteed to be accepted by your state court.

CompleteCase.com

This service allows divorcing couples time to think over and make changes to their agreement and paperwork before filing them. For their standard fee of $299, all of your forms remain available for 30 days, giving you time to discuss things with your spouse and make any needed changes, to make sure you are both in agreement. Your documents can be downloaded or you can have them mailed to you. CompleteCase provides clear instructions on how to file them in your state. The forms are guaranteed to be accepted by the court.

DivorceWriter

This service has a very low flat fee of $137. They use a simple process to create your documents for your divorce, starting with an online questionnaire. Your documents are then available for immediate download. They will provide you with a refund if your forms are not accepted by your state court.

LegalZoom

This company is a leader in the online legal services industry, including online divorce services. LegalZoom’s fee is $499, but they provide one of the most comprehensive services. The process begins with completing an online questionnaire, after which your state-specific papers are prepared. However, before the forms are sent to you, they are reviewed by a staff member. Most people receive the paperwork digitally and the documents are then ready to print, with instructions on how to file them yourself. They also have support staff available by phone, and guarantee that the papers will be accepted by the court.

MyDivorcePapers.com

In addition to uncontested divorces, they also can arrange for legal annulments if you are eligible. For $139, the service will complete the forms for you through a simple process, after which you print and file them yourself using the instructions provided. The forms are guaranteed to be accepted by your state court as long as you ask for a refund within 30 days. Additionally, each client is assigned a case manager to answer any questions that may arise.

Rocket Lawyer

This a hybrid type of service, where documents are prepared online, but with some assistance and review by an attorney, not just a staff member. Rocket Lawyer’s subscription model provides legal services from actual lawyers for a monthly membership fee of $40. You can start with a seven-day free trial and you can cancel the service at any time. You start by completing the divorce worksheet to get organized for the process. After that, you can begin preparing your settlement agreement. You get one 30-minute phone call with an attorney, have all documents reviewed by an attorney before you file, and then can get additional questions answered via email.

Final Thoughts

If you and your spouse cannot agree about how to settle your divorce, you should get an attorney. You also should consider an attorney if your case is complex with a lot of assets or debts, or if you are unsure about the best way to settle your divorce.

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