Do it yourself divorce?

With the advent of the internet, more and more people are trying to the "do it yourself" approach to law.  In some simple areas, that approach may get the job done.  However, in other areas, especially in drafting decrees of divorce, this can mean that you will live with totally unintended consequences.

Increasingly, we meet with people who drafted their own decrees of divorce, only to find that their decrees don't say what they think that they said.  Language in a decree regarding visits with your children, child support to be paid or received, health insurance, and the division of marital property and debts (especially retirement accounts) must be written with precision.  If it is not, you might find yourself sitting in an attorney's office, talking about motions to modify or clarify your decree of divorce.  Some, but not all, problems can be fixed.  However, as with most things, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Even if you intend to do your divorce yourself, it is worth paying an attorney for a an hour or two of time to discuss your situation and to review your proposed decree.