Step 4: DIY or get a lawyer?
DIY divorce Papers (Slower & Least Costly)
The main issue with going this route is that its all on you. You will have to figure out what papers you need and if you make a mistake, you will have to start the process all over again.
If you plan to represent yourself then you must fill out some forms that can be accessed online from the online self-help center of the Nebraska Supreme Court.
You can use these forms only if:
- You do not have children from the marriage or you have children; however, you have agreed about the custody and visitation arrangements with your spouse and the biological father of the children is the husband.
- Neither your spouse nor you have a retirement or pension plan, real property i.e. buildings, land, etc. or ongoing business.
- Neither your spouse nor you want alimony.
If you have minor kids with your spouse, then you must use the forms for Simple Divorce with Children and if you don’t have minor kids, then you must use the forms for Simple Divorce without Children. Fill the forms completely, correctly and neatly.
When you have finished filling the forms, then you can file them with the court clerk at the county courthouse where either you or your spouse live.
Online Divorce Services (Fastest & Inexpensive)
As mentioned above, the main issue with the DIY option is that you have no one to speak with or to help make sure that the paperwork is filled out correctly. Using an online divorce service like 3stepdivorce.com will allow you to get your paperwork completed in an hour or so depending on the complexity of your case.
For 4 payments of $89 or 1 payment of $299, your able to make the paperwork process much easier on yourself. These services save a lot of time and in most simple cases, you can have your divorce papers in hand within a few hours.
After you answer the questions regarding your case, the online service will fill the necessary forms for you. You can then simply take a printout of the forms and file them with the courthouse with the appropriate filing fee.
Attorney Divorce Trial (Longer & Expensive)
The divorce case will go to trial if both the spouses do not agree on the main terms of the divorce. At the trial, the judge will hear the case along with the evidence and testimonies presented by the lawyers of both parties and then make a decision on the disputed issues.
You do not need to hire a lawyer; however, you will not get any assistance or legal advice from the court if you do not have a lawyer. For a divorce, there are many procedures and having an attorney will ensure that you understand all the procedures and options available to you.
It is recommended that both parties hire a lawyer who can argue your case in the court and protect your interests. However, this means that the case will be long drawn and also expensive.