What is the difference between online divorce papers and a lawyer doing them for me?

December 9, 2020

We all have tasks we’d rather leave to the professionals. Maybe you don’t change your own oil, re-roof your house, or attempt a DIY haircut (especially after that quarantine disaster). You might know how to do those things, but you recognize the risks of getting it wrong.

So, why would you take a DIY approach to your divorce?

Divorce: More Than Just Paperwork


Just like a leaky roof or faulty brakes, a poorly handled divorce can have serious consequences. It’s about more than just paperwork; it’s about your finances, your future, and (if you have children) their well-being for years to come.

Online divorce forms might seem like a cheap and easy solution, but they often fall short:

  • No Guidance: They don’t explain complex issues like dividing assets, tax implications, or child support calculations.
  • Hidden Costs: Filing fees and additional charges can add up quickly, making that “bargain” divorce surprisingly expensive.
  • Court Appearances: You’ll still need to go to court, and if your paperwork isn’t right, you could face delays and additional expenses.
  • Missed Opportunities: DIY forms don’t offer creative solutions or address potential pitfalls that an experienced attorney would know to look for.

The Value of an Experienced Divorce Lawyer


Contrary to popular belief, not all lawyers are expensive or eager to fight. I focus on helping clients achieve amicable, out-of-court resolutions that are both fair and affordable.

Here’s what I can do for you:

  • Craft a Comprehensive Agreement: We’ll cover everything from property division and debt allocation to parenting time and child support, ensuring all your bases are covered.
  • Anticipate Future Issues: I’ll consider potential financial pitfalls and help you create a plan that protects your interests long-term.
  • Handle the Paperwork: I’ll prepare all the necessary documents, guide you through the filing process, and make sure everything is in order.
  • Save You Time and Money: By avoiding court battles and unnecessary delays, you’ll ultimately save money and reduce stress.
  • Offer a Supportive Environment: Divorce is emotional. I provide a compassionate and understanding space where you can feel heard and supported.

Ready for a Smoother Divorce?

If you’re considering divorce in Illinois, don’t try to go it alone. Call my office at 618-726-2671 or reach out through my website for a free consultation. Let’s discuss your situation and explore how I can help you achieve a fair and amicable resolution.

While this post aims to educate, it’s crucial to hire an attorney for legal guidance tailored to your specific needs.