An online divorce doesn't mean you can get divorced online -- you still have to go through the Court system. However, in counties where you can file by mail or fax, including all counties in California, it is possible to be divorced without ever setting foot in Court or a lawyer's office. (You can check with your county clerk's office to see if they accept filings this way.)
And, there is no requirement that you hire an attorney for your divorce. An uncontested divorce may be prepared and filed directly to the Courthouse without ever speaking to an attorney.
As long as there are no disputes over property or the kids, there are online services that can generate the forms you need. Of those services the best and the one we recommend is CompleteCase.com. For thousands of dollars less than the typical offline divorce, the site provides all of the completed paperwork you will need. All you have to do is file.
CompleteCase.com uses a straightforward, three-step process to complete an online divorce:
- Select the state in which either you or your spouse live. Requirements for each state are provided for your review.
- Answer a series of questions regarding your situation. During this process, CompleteCase.com explains and answers many questions you might have. Your account will be open for as long as you want, and your answers will be saved.
This way, you may take your time thinking about your answers to each question. CompleteCase.com's questions may even help you and your spouse clarify areas in which you have not come to a final agreement.
- Access your divorce forms online. When you are ready, print your online divorce forms, sign them, and submit them to the Court. Personal instructions for filing the documents are provided.
If you ever need to make changes or reprint your divorce documents forms, you can do so at no additional cost. Along with your order, you also have the option to create or modify your Last Will and Testament for free.
When using CompleteCase.com, you can contact their award-winning customer service agents 24 hours a day with any questions regarding your online divorce. You also have access to the Live Lawyer service, which enables you to ask an attorney from your state any legal questions you may have. All of your information is kept confidential and protected by VeriSign.
CompleteCase.com has been the number 1 Online Divorce provider for many years. CompleteCase.com has successfully served over 30,000 couples filing for an uncontested online divorce. All of the online divorce forms offered are legal and up-to-date and include each state's laws. CompleteCase.com has an excellent reputation and has been recognized by NBC's Today Show, USA Today, and TIME Magazine for their quality service.
The cost is a $249 one-time fee. Compare this to the U.S. average hourly rate of $228 for lawyers, according to the 2002 Survey of Law Firm Economics by Altman Weil Pensa Publications.
CompleteCase.com accepts major credit cards. If you do not have access to a credit card, CompleteCase.com is willing to work out alternative payment options. CompleteCase.com, you also have a 100% guarantee that your online divorce will meet Court approval, or you will receive a full refund. If there are any corrections that need to be made to your divorce forms, CompleteCase.com will make these changes at no additional charge.
CompleteCase.com may not be the cheapest Online Divorce provider but their service combined their with professionalism makes the $249 well worth the price. Also, CompleteCase.com offers a way to accomplish the process without a lot of conflict and with a greater degree of privacy.
If $249 is still more than you want to pay, you have another option. You can follow the advice on our All Things Do It Yourself Divorce. and Do It Yourself Divorce Tips pages and get the paperwork from FindLegalForms.com.
You can choose the forms you need from an ala carte menu and pay for only those forms. NOTE: FindLegalForms.com does not offer a preparation service or a questionnaire to assist you in filing out your forms so this option will only work for you if you feel confident in your ability to fill out the forms without consultation.
The forms are created by attorneys and are kept up-to-date. All of the forms are state specific. FindLegalForms.com has legal forms for the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia and India. They are one of a few online legal services to have Spanish forms.
But, the bonus feature of the entire service is their extra value combo packages including divorce forms. Purchasing them all separately can be quite expensive, but the combo package offers all needed forms together at a reduced rate. There are two separate divorce packages, one for separating couples with children and one for couples without children.
After selecting a form from the FindLegalForms.com website, you are taken to a page that gives you the price for the form and the opportunity to select the state in which you reside or for which you need the form. Divorce forms are state specific.
Once you select your state you are taken to a descriptive page that tells you everything you need to know about what the form, what it looks like, what formats it is available in, how many pages it is, a link to a sample, download information, refund policy, and customer support information; oh, and of course, an invitation to add it to your shopping cart.
One thing this website is well known for is the legal advice link, which is powered by LawGuru.com. You can ask a free general legal question that an attorney will answer and post online in five days.
If you need specific advice or a timely answer, you can pay to ask the question. An attorney will receive your question and answer it quickly. You will receive an email notification when the answer comes.
The forms are instantly downloadable and there is a 100% money back guarantee. This is a great website to use if you are confident about filing out legal forms and you want a great selection.
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