Getting a Divorce On Your Own
This is the cheapest method but also requires you to take the time figuring out the paperwork. You might make mistakes which can delay the divorce process. In order to get a divorce on your own, it's best if you and your spouse agree on all the issues.
Getting a Divorce with an Attorney
I recommend this if you and your spouse can't agree on the divorce terms or if your divorce is complex (involving many assets and/or complicated child custody issues). However, if your divorce is simple and all the divorce terms are agreed upon between you and your spouse, then you can do it on your own – with or without the assistance of a divorce service.
Using an Online Divorce Service
A divorce service doesn't provide you legal advice. Instead, you answer questions about your divorce, and then the divorce service completes the paperwork for you for a fee. This is typically much less expensive than hiring a lawyer to complete your paperwork and saves you the hassle of figuring out the paperwork on your own. Family Law Attorney in Durham NC providing the best legal representation for your family law matters.
Legal Requirements for Divorce
You file for divorce in a particular state or province. In other words, it's not done federally.
Residency for Divorce
Each state and province requires you or your spouse to have resided for some stipulated length of time before being eligible to file for divorce in that state or province. Six months is common, but it could be shorter.
Most states/provinces have a waiting period from the date of filing your paperwork to the date your divorce order is issued. Waiting periods are usually 6 to 12 months.
Legal Grounds for Divorce
More and more states and provinces grant divorces on a no-fault basis. This means you file for divorce on the basis that the marriage breakdown is permanent. The legal language is "irreconcilable differences". This basis for divorce doesn't place blame on either party.
Some states and provinces still have fault-based grounds such as substance abuse, cruelty, adultery, and other grounds.