The Facts About Online Divorce

When most people think of divorce they think of a stressful situation in which two spouses are on bad terms with one another. They are ready to take all their possessions and split them down the middle and have nothing to do with one another ever again. The unfortunate part of this scenario is that it is sometimes true. The fortunate part is that it this type of divorce only happens in a very small percentage of divorces.

Most divorces are actually amicable meaning both parties have agreed to terminate the marriage. They have also agreed on how to divide their property, possessions and have come to an agreement on child support and visitation. This makes things so much easier to put up with in court.

Now you may be wondering what this has to do with the facts about online divorce. The online divorce procedure requires the two spouses to have already agreed to how the division of all property and debts has been determined. Once this is done its just a matter of filling out a questionnaire to allow the Online Divorce Provider to draft the proper forms to take to the local court to be filed.

Here are the facts.

Will you still need to appear in court?

Most likely yes, but it’s not as bad as it may seem. Usually the court appearance consists of you answering a few questions about when and where you were married, when you separated and how long it’s been since you had cohabitation with one another.

Does your spouse need to appear in court?

The answer is no he/she doesn’t need to be there as long as either you have a waiver signed by your spouse agreeing to the terms of the Separation Agreement or you are unable to locate your spouse and the courts have put in an order of publication.

Are there other fees involved?

Yes. But don’t let that scare you. Once you have purchased your online divorce paperwork from the provider, you will need to also file those papers at your county clerk. It’s best to call your local county clerk for filing fees as they do vary from state to state.

How long does the process usually take?

Under regular circumstances your divorce will be final in about 4 weeks if you and your spouse have already agreed on everything. It then becomes just a matter of how long it takes to get your paperwork notarized. The actual length of time can vary depending on the work load of your local clerk. If everything is done in an expedited manor and the clerk workload is not too great, I have seen a divorce finalized in as little as 2 weeks.

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