Step 4: DIY or get a lawyer?
DIY divorce Papers (Slower & Least Costly)
A DIY divorce is when you go through the divorce process on your own without the assistance of a divorce lawyer. This is a suitable option where the cases are very simple (uncontested).
You can get the proper forms that you need from the appropriate court or you can download it from the New Mexico Judicial Branch website and also use the ‘Self-Help Guide’ available on the website mentioned in the helpful section above.
Some judicial courts of New Mexico conduct a free seminar on representing yourself. For instance, the seminar is held by the 1st judicial court on Saturday morning for a fee and it provides court-approved forms and informational packets with them.
The court also offers settlement facilitation services that are court-sponsored and these provide self-represented couples the chance to meet a neutral 3rd party, who is usually an attorney or trained mediator, who can assist them to arrive at an agreement on the various issues pertaining to the divorce.
Online Divorce Services (Fastest & Inexpensive)
The fastest way to go about filing a divorce is to use an online divorce service. These providers make the process very easy and fast by having you answer questions, and based on your responses, will fill out your divorce forms for you. When you finish answering the questions, you will need to sign and file them with your local court.
These only providers can range from $145 to as much as $2500 depending on the range of assistance that you will need. Our favorite provider in this space is 3stepdivorce.com because of their long history in helping customers online, and their guarantees and customer services are second to none. Read our review or check out all online providers we recommend here.
Attorney Divorce Trial (Longer & Expensive)
In case there are any issues about the divorce which your spouse and you do not have an agreement about, and there is no scope of coming to an agreement over the disputed issues, then your case will go to trial and can go on for several months or years.
At the trial, the judge will hear both sides of the case presented by the lawyers or both parties. And, after listening to the argument presented by both sides and going through all the testimonies, evidence and witnesses, the judge will then decide all the disputed issues.