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How to Write Your Own Divorce Papers

by eHow Contributor

If a married couple is on the verge of a breakup and planning on divorcing, it may be cheaper to write your own divorce papers. Drafting out a divorce plan can save the couple a great deal of money by not going through litigation and other court avenues. An attorney receives a large retainer for work upfront for divorce proceedings. If each person has his or her own attorney then litigation can be astronomical. The couple that is wishing to breakup and proceed with a divorce can cut costs to only a few hundred dollars for filing court fees if they are able to agree on terms or property settlement. Each state is different on family court rules; however, so people seeking information pertaining court filings will need to check with the courthouse that has jurisdiction.

Sit down with your spouse and discuss the best way to go about a divorce. Can you both compromise on who gets what marital property? If there are children involved, can you come up with a fair parenting plan for custody? Should the house be put up for sale and an auction held to sell larger items? Should any profits be split? Make a list of what each spouse would feel is fair in a property settlement and what kind of custody arrangement that they feel would be best.

After discussing marital property and child custody for the divorce, it may be time to communicate about spousal support and child support. Should one individual be entitled to any type of support from his or her spouse? If so, how much would the spousal support or child custody be per month or week and for what duration of time?

Debts is another important step to talk about. Many married couples have automobile loans, student loans, mortgages, and other debts that they have acquired. This is where an attorney may need to be consulted, if a married couple is going to break up and they have a great deal of property and debt then one may be needed. If the married couple does most of the leg work by writing their own divorce papers, they will save money. An attorney receives an hourly wage and if he or she needs to work out minor things then it will become costly.

Items you will need
  • A compromising mind
  • A compiled list of property
  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Any other relevant information

Tip

  • Take a list of things that were compromised and worked out to an attorney who is very familiar with family law and divorce. Also take a list that is vague such as marital property and debt. Any legal documents, property deeds, mortgage documents, or any other type of loan information will be needed.

Warning

  • If a married couple has experienced a nasty breakup then an amicable divorce may be not feasible for some duos.