Divorce Articles Section
Can I Do It Without a Lawyer?
When looking at the property issues in divorce, the couple always
asks three questions: "What constitutes property, what is it
worth, and how will it be divided?"
Have you ever had someone ask you if they have to have a lawyer
to get divorced, or can they do it on their own? Well, you may want
to share the following list with them.
Question: "Can I Do It Without a Lawyer?"
If permitted in your state (ask the clerk of your divorce court,
a lawyer, or even a judge), you can. But you should only if each
and every one of the following is true:
1. You and your husband both work and have comparable salaries.
2. You have no substantial assets -- stocks, bonds, savings, house,
and so on.
3. You have no substantial debts.
4. Your marriage has been fairly short (less than ten years).
5. You have no property except a little furniture.
6. You did not work and send your husband through school after you
7. Neither of you has a pension plan or rights to any other income.
8. Neither of you had any significant property when you married
and have not received any significant property by gift or inheritance
since you were married.
9. You have no children.
Source: A Women's Legal Guide to Separation and Divorce in All
50 States by Norma Harwood, J.D