There are services on the Internet where you can fill out divorce forms for anywhere from zero to $250 or more. What’s wrong with that? Well, if it was a good idea, we would have done it long ago, but it is not a good idea.
Here’s what they don’t tell you !
Not enough information. Divorce is not about filling out forms—it is about understanding your situation and making decisions. To fill out forms, you need to know what it means to check one box rather than another or file one form rather than another. You need to know where you are, what’s going on, where you are going. This information is either totally inadequate or completely missing on all sites we have reviewed.
Limited & incomplete. These services have one fixed way to do cases that does not cover a wide variety of situations. You can easily discover part-way through that your case does not fit their pattern. Some services get you started but do not complete the case or do not provide important options.
Inflexible. Once you start to fill out the forms, you are stuck on a very long path that you can’t get off. It is not easy, maybe not possible, to jump about from one place to another. What’s worse, you can’t step back and get a long view, so you are forced to work without a good understanding for what’s going on, where you are in the process, where you are trying to go, or why you are doing things their way.
Cost. The free online services are not worth the price. The expensive ones are really not worth the price. Our books cost very little, but they are invaluable! If you want confirmation, just read our mail.