Can You Do Your Own Divorce In Orange County? Maybe..

by Jon D. Alexander, Esq.

If you and your soon to be ex-spouse can reach agreement on several key issues you may be able to spare yourself the added expense of hiring an attorney. The Orange County, California Superior Court provides all of the requisite forms and even an instruction manual that walks you through the divorce process.

The best candidates for do-it-yourself (“DIY”) divorce in Orange County, California are those who:

1. Have been married less than 5 years;

2. Agree on division of possessions and debts;

3. Have no children together;

4. Own less than $32,000.00 in property together;

5. Owe less than four thousand dollars ($4,000) together.

If you answer yes to all of these, a DIY divorce may be a fantastic option. The packet of forms for your DIY divorce provided by the Orange County, California Superior Court can be found at http://www.occourts.org/scripts/formsearch.pl?PacketNum=L012.

Be sure to pay attention to the Superior Court’s disclaimer: Packets have been developed which meet filing needs in most circumstances. There may be some circumstances when additional forms (not included in the packet) will be required by the court.

If, on the other hand, you did not answer yes to every numbered item above it’s probably time to retain a qualified Orange County, California divorce lawyer. You will no doubt have questions and might require representation. For a free consultation please visit us at www.oc-familylawyers.com and schedule an appointment today.

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