Step 4: DIY or get a lawyer?
DIY divorce Papers (Slower & Least Costly)
Several people handle their own divorces and do not hire a lawyer. a DIY divorce is where all the proceedings for the divorce are conducted by yourself. You must prepare all the divorce documents on your own, represent yourself in the court if required, apply for child custody, child/ spousal support, etc.
In Maine, DIY divorce is a viable option because you do not require either a lawyer or a legal body to assist you. However, you should remember the following:
- You must not fulfill any action without being completely sure that you know what to do.
- Always check the accuracy of the completed documents.
- Make 3 copies of all documents in advance and serve your spouse.
- Be prepared for your court hearing.
Online Divorce Services (Fastest & Inexpensive)
If you want to handle your divorce on your own, but aren’t sure about the processes or how to fill out the forms needed to file for divorce, then you can use an online divorce service. The online service will prepare all the necessary forms for you and save you a lot of time and money.
How does it work? You simply answer questions regarding your divorce and based on your responses, the correct forms will be filled out based on your needs. After you finish answering the questions, you will be able to download and print them out to file at your local courthouse.
The highest rated and best option on the market is 3stepdivorce.com and you can read our review here.
Attorney Divorce Trial (Longer & Expensive)
If you are unable to agree with all the issues regarding your divorce with your spouse, then your case may go to trial. You may want to hire a lawyer or talk to one about the divorce process.
This is especially important if:
- Your spouse and you disagree about the decisions that affect your children.
- Your spouse and you have complicated issues pertaining to your finances, property or real estate.
- There is a threat or history of domestic violence in your home.
If your case goes to trial, it will be heard by the judge, who will go through all the testimonies, witnesses, evidence etc. and then take decisions on all the disputed issues.