So, you've decided to get a divorce. You start looking into it, only to find out that you and your spouse cannot financially afford it. Lately, while many people are divorcing for emotional or financial reasons, in an ironic twist of events, they find out they don't have enough money to cover the cost of the divorce process. So, what's next?
Consider different styles of divorce. Mediation is a great option if you and your spouse can get along throughout the process. Mediation will cost less and probably be less time-consuming. You can write up a separation agreement, whereby you and your spouse live apart but all the benefits of marriage are still intact. You can also try a do-it-yourself divorce, although those usually only work for spouses who can work together to come to an agreement. Nolo Press Occidental publishes four excellent divorce books:
How to Do Your Own Divorce in California (a complete kit for an uncontested divorce)
How to Solve Divorce Problems in California (a complete kit for a contested divorce when added to the title above)
How to Do Your Own Divorce in Texas (a complete kit for an uncontested divorce)
Make Any Divorce Better (winner of 5 national awards--information applies to all states)
These books are by Ed Sherman, the famous divorce attorney who started the self-help movement 40 years ago, saving the public BILLIONS of dollars in legal fees over the years.
Nolo Press Occidental also offers CalSupport Child and Spousal Support Calculation Software for California divorces, and DealMaker software you can use to create your own professional quality marital settlement agreement in any state. In addition to these software programs, they also offer worksheets you can use to organize the information you need for your divorce, and all these products are very affordable.
For more information about cost-efficient divorces, click Simple Divorce.
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