We perform many important tasks online. We pay our bills, monitor our bank accounts and investments, and even file our taxes through the use of a computer. As such, it seems only practical to go through the divorce process online rather than hiring an attorney. Unfortunately, as logical as this might sound, online divorce services are actually quite risky and might ultimately cost you more in the long run.
When it comes to legal matters, there is no substitute for having a knowledgeable expert on your side to ensure you are not making any avoidable missteps. Although it is possible to modify a court order, there are no guarantees of success, so it is best to get this done right the first time.
Cookie-Cutter Formats Rarely Work
Online divorce services do not take the unique circumstances of each divorce into account, which is why many complex issues are often improperly addressed or forgotten altogether. On the other hand, a divorce attorney will take the time to understand every detail of your situation to ensure nothing is omitted. Omitting or incorrectly filling out certain documents can create unnecessary delays in the process, prolonging an already challenging experience.
A Complicated Situation
Divorce can get a little ugly sometimes, especially when spouses attempt to hide assets. If you suspect your spouse is attempting to hide marital assets, you should not rely on an online divorce service to dissolve your marriage. Your risk the possibility of assets not being divided fairly or, if one of you simply forgets to include certain items in the divorce agreement, it could pose a greater problem for you in the future. An experienced attorney can search for hidden assets and ensure nothing is left out or forgotten.
You Cannot Always Trust the Internet
Although we enter a lot of sensitive information on the internet, we all know that it cannot always be trusted. Identity theft is a frighteningly common occurrence and submitting such sensitive information online can potentially put you in a terrible predicament. Instead of entrusting an online service to get you through this emotionally charged and complex situation, put your trust in an experienced attorney who will walk you through it and answer your questions. Even if you and your spouse are on relatively amicable terms, an attorney can help provide the assurance you need to rest easy.
Discuss Your Divorce with an Experienced Attorney
If you and your spouse are getting a divorce, you will need an experienced family law attorney to handle your case. Online divorce services leave a lot to be desired and might cost you more in the long run if you make an error during the process. At the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Graff, our divorce attorney is backed by more than three decades of legal experience and a proven history of success.
Contact us today at (805) 633-4999 to schedule a free initial consultation with our compassionate divorce attorney and learn more about what we can do for you.