We’ve all heard about the divorce financial disasters where the battle raged on for years in the courts and in the end the attorneys ended up with thousands and thousands of dollars leaving little for the divorcing couple. Do you seriously want to go through this?
I’m not exaggerating here – this happens all the time. If you can avoid a court battle, even if you have to compromise your position somewhat, it is well worth it.
Let’s face it, divorce is a terrible process – emotionally and financially. It’s the dissolution of a union that was once strong.
But, you can keep your legal costs to a minimum – and I daresay manageable – by agreeing with your spouse over the terms of your divorce and then using an online divorce service to simply help complete and file the paperwork.
The rest of this article is dedicated to one online legal service giant – introducing LegalZoom for divorces.
Overview of the LegalZoom Divorce Service
LegalZoom is a one-stop shop for many legal services done for you over the Internet. This service has saved a lot of money for over a million customers. It’s the place to get divorce papers online, but not only that, they fill them out for you and give you a free Marital Separation Agreement (as of the date this LegalZoom review was published).
Regarding getting a divorce, LegalZoom makes it easy to process your divorce for much less than hiring a local attorney would charge. They tout their 3-step process.
Let me get right to the point – how much does LegalZoom charge for a divorce?
LegalZoom’s divorce package is $299 plus state filing fees (as of the date this LegalZoom review was published). Note that it’s standard practice with online divorce services to charge state filing fees in addition to quoted fee for service.
What Does the LegalZoom Do-It-Yourself Divorce Package Include?
You start by completing a secure online questionnaire that gets all the relevant details of your divorce situation about you and spouse.
LegalZoom then tailors your divorce paperwork to the state in which you wish to file your divorce.
You then get easy-to-follow directions for completing your divorce.
As a bonus, LegalZoom provides you a Settlement Agreement that sets out the terms of your divorce at no additional cost.
A provision for the wife to change her name to her maiden name, if necessary.
If children are involved in your divorce:
From the questionnaire you complete, you’ll also get a convenient child custody and visitation plan.
Documents setting out the child support specifications for your specific case.
THIS IS KEY: You can request revisions for up to thirty days. This is a very nice feature because often is the case where you and your spouse may wish to tweak the terms of your divorce.
All your documents are delivered via FedEx to you – at no extra charge.
LegalZoom’s Simple 3 Step Divorce Process
Step 1: Find out if an uncontested online divorce is suitable for you and your spouse with a preliminary questionnaire.
Step 2: Fill out the comprehensive online questionnaire. This questionnaire forms the basis for your divorce paperwork.
Step 3: LegalZoom completes your state-specific divorce forms and paperwork for filing. Your documents will be prepared in five to seven business days.
Why Use LegalZoom for Your Divorce?
The questionnaire you complete was created by family law lawyers.
Save money and time. You don’t need to pay expensive lawyer fees and you save yourself the time trying to figure out how to fill in the forms for your divorce.
LegalZoom caters divorce processing for all 50 states.
You receive a free Settlement Agreement with your completed divorce paperwork.
LegalZoom backs up its service with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
LegalZoom in the Media
LegalZoom is a forerunner with providing legal services, including divorce, over the Internet. As a result they’ve been featured in national and global media such as:
The New York Times
The Wall Street Journal
Note, you are still responsible for actually filing your completed divorce forms and paperwork. But this is pretty easy to do once all the paperwork is completed for you.