DIY / Pro Se Divorce

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For a Smooth Divorce, Call People's Justice LLC

A divorce is a complicated process. Failure to complete, notarize, and file documents as required by law means that divorce pleadings are non-compliant. If your pleadings are non-compliant, a judge cannot legally grant your request and may dismiss your case. Because divorce is an involved process, many times, hiring an attorney is advisable. However, a pro se divorce in Philadelphia, PA is a great option when the divorce is uncontested and uncomplicated. A divorce is said to be uncontested when spouses agree to divorce, both agree to the division of property and debts, and they agree on custody and related issues. When a divorce is uncontested, a pro se divorce can save time and money by eliminating legal fees, drawn-out delivery periods, and lawyer office visits. However, keep in mind that you must follow the same procedures that you’d follow if you hire an attorney, so a DIY legal services company like People's Justice LLC can be an invaluable asset. Call us at 855-577-7673 to learn more.

The Pro Se Divorce Process

In Latin, “pro se” translates into “for oneself.” Essentially, it means that you plan on filing for divorce without an attorney. As a pro se litigant, you are representing yourself in your divorce trial. You are responsible for completing and submitting legal forms. Many people choose a DIY divorce if they can’t afford to hire an attorney, if they’re getting an uncontested divorce, or become dissatisfied with their current divorce attorney. For a pro se divorce, a spouse, called the Petitioner, files for the divorce. The other spouse is the Respondent. The Petitioner files an “Original Petition for Divorce” at the Court Clerk’s Office. In most states, you need to have been a resident of the state for at least six months before you can file for divorce. Your ex-spouse should receive a copy of the petition, and the Court Clerk should get two copies to be stamped and dated. One stamped copy will be returned to you for your records, and the other will be held at the Court Clerk’s Office. Keep in mind that there will be a fee for filing the Original Petition for Divorce, so call the Court Clerk ahead of time to find out the fee amount.

After the Respondent has been served, you will need to file a notice of hearing for temporary orders. Temporary orders cover things such as child support, child custody, temporary alimony, and the like. While hiring an attorney is not required for a pro se divorce in Philadelphia, PA, many people choose to put one on retainer since divorces can be time-consuming and complicated. Conversely, you could use a DIY legal services company like People's Justice LLC to facilitate the process and answer any questions you may have along the way. For only $595, we can help you complete your uncontested, no-fault divorce. There are no hidden fees, and court filing fees are included in the $595 as well. Our legal assistants can provide and file any necessary paperwork. We’re also available to answer any questions you may have throughout the process. 

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Pro se divorces are a voluntary process. Both parties must be willing and able to participate throughout the entire proceeding. If your spouse decides to cancel the divorce, a pro se divorce may no longer be an option. But if both you and your spouse are in agreement, People's Justice LLC offers legal assistance in Philadelphia, PA. If you need help with your pro se divorce in Philadelphia, PA, give us a call at 855-577-7673, and we’ll help in any way we can. You can also shoot us an email or swing by the office at 117 W. Girard Avenue Philadelphia, PA, 19123. Let us help you with your pro se divorce so you can move on with your life.