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Getting Divorced: When Resources are Limited

Sep 8, 2008
No one expects to end up getting divorced, but many people do. If you are in a relationship that you don't want to be in any longer, divorce is usually the answer. However, if resources are really limited and you're just not sure how you are going to pull it off, it can be really frustrating. Here are some different things you can do to obtain a divorce for little money or resources.

Legal Assistance

For those who are low on money and resources, there are legal assistance options available. In most states, there are lawyers who will help you get a divorce pro-bono (meaning that you don't have to pay them.) You may also find an organization that is willing to help if your situation is bad enough. For instance, with abusive or dangerous marriages ' you may be able to get financial and emotional support and help. You can find out about these by searching divorce resources in your local area. This is an alternative to paying outrageous lawyer fees.

Online Divorce or Do-It-Yourself Divorce

Another alternative to paying lawyer fees is finding a cheap, legitimate online divorce site. While there have been many arguments as to whether or not these are actually legal they are. They are only for uncontested divorces, though and should be a last resort method. However, filing the papers for a do-it-yourself divorce is very legal and you can easily find the forms you need. Of course, each state requires the completion of different forms so you need to find out your specific needs, but after that it's smooth sailing. Be sure to check for filing fees so you can be prepared with the money you need.

Mediation Assistance

If you have some money for divorce, but not enough to pay for a lawyer, you might be able to do mediation assistance. Mediation allows you and your spouse to discuss your divorce and come up with solutions that are satisfactory to both of you. The mediation takes place in a neutral environment where you do not need lawyers. Of course, you can hire one if you need to and so can your spouse but with mediation the need for a lawyer is non-existent.

Trying to find a way for divorce when you don't have unlimited resources can be difficult. However, there are many different alternatives that you can use to help you out. Using the tips and tricks in the article above, you should be able to get the assistance you need.
About the Author
Dani Taylor is one of the most active members of the divorce support community at Xstilla.com. She is also the editor of the Children & Divorce section and the author of many articles that help people find their way through complicated cases of divorce and child support issues.
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