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Do-it-yourself divorce kits cause more trouble than good

One size fits all in hats, mittens and some types of socks, but that is certainly not the case with a Florida divorce. With the growing availability of do-it-yourself divorce kits online, many may be attracted to this "easier" option. When it comes down to the bottom line, though, you may be getting just what you pay for when it comes to your bargain-basement Internet breakup.

It is important to remember that online divorce kits are a poor decision for those with families. Child custody and child support cannot be decided by filing online documents, so parents are going to have to retain the services of a lawyer, no matter what. The legal system acknowledges that the "cookie cutter" approach does not work for child custody decisions, so why should it be appropriate for your property division proceedings?

Although we would all like to think that our soon-to-be ex-spouse is being completely honest with finances, this is not always the case. During traditional divorce, marital assets are frozen to prevent partners from unloading or hiding critical marital property. When you choose a computerized divorce, however, no one is watching for those off-shore accounts or concealed assets. This could lead to an unfair distribution of property for the partner who is kept in the dark.

Ultimately, Florida attorneys say that computers are only as good as the information you put into their systems. Most couples are not divorce experts, and they are not aware of their many financial and legal options. The personalized touch of a live human being can make all the difference in your divorce experience. Increase your likelihood of getting the financial and child custody outcomes you want after your divorce by seeking the advice of an attorney.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Divorce Is Not a One-Size-Fits-All Business, So Why Do It Online?" Brendan Lyle, Apr. 08, 2014

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