What is the Do-It-Yourself Approach?

The Do-It-Yourself Approach is exactly as it sounds. Spouses negotiate the terms of their divorce with one another and then proceed to file their uncontested divorce papers with the Court. At that point, they also request that a Judge issue a final Judgment of Divorce. After the Court issues a final Judgment of Divorce the parties are legally divorced. However, there is a requirement that a Notice of Entry be filed and served primarily for appeal purposes. The New York State Court website offers a divorce packet to provide individuals with the forms necessary to complete their filing.

What are the benefits of this approach?

This approach is extremely cost-efficient and spouses incur only those costs associated with filing.

What are the downsides to this approach?

A final judgment of divorce has legal consequences affecting a spouse’s rights and interests with regard to distribution of marital debt and assets, child-custody, child-support, spousal-support, tax consequences, etc. As such, it is advisable that spouses speak with an attorney if even for limited-scope purposes. 

Could the services of a limited-scope attorney help?

Yes, it may be beneficial for you to hire a limited-scope attorney. The #1 benefit of having a limited-scope attorney is being able to have the assistance of an attorney without paying the costs associated with a full-scope representation arrangement.

What limited-scope services does this firm offer?

This firm offers a wide-array of limited scope services such as document preparation, document review of self-prepared legal documents, and legal consultations to help assist and coach clients prepare their legal strategy and approach.

What is the fee for limited-scope services?

All limited scope-services are offered at a flat rate ranging from $250 to $750, depending on the service you choose and the complexity of your case. Please note that each service is considered independent from the other.

Free Case Evaluation

This firm offers a free case evaluation to determine costs and fees associated with the services you are looking to obtain. You may submit your inquiry electronically by clicking the link below or you may call toll free at (877) 631-7919.

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Please note that the sole purpose of the Free Case Evaluation is to assist individuals in determining the divorce option most suitable for their individual needs and interests and that submission of any information through the use of any forms contained on this site does not automatically create an attorney/client relationship.