Doing It Yourself

If you are facing an uncontested divorce (there are no disagreements between you and your spouse or partner about division of assets, property or child/spousal support), you may choose to prepare and file all of the necessary documents yourself to obtain a legal divorce in the state of California. Once a petition is filed with the court, your Judgment of Dissolution will be granted either by default or by a settlement agreement filed with the court. You can learn more about these types of uncontested divorce by reading our FAQs. You can still file your documents yourself in a contested divorce, but in that case, you must have a settlement agreement or the court will decide any unresolved issues.

If you are planning to prepare and file your divorce documents yourself, and you would like to make sure that they are properly filled out and ready to file, Divorce Helpline attorneys can review them and make any recommendations to keep them from being rejected by the court. We are also available to answer any questions and give you legal and practical advice over the telephone or in person to support you in the satisfactory completion of your divorce with the least amount of stress, expense and red tape.

Our many years of handling successful divorce cases have proven that you will get through this difficult time. We have the knowledge, dedication and compassion necessary to help you move forward with your life.

You can call us for a free consultation to help determine if our document review or consultation services would be of benefit to you. If you decide you would like help in preparing and filing your documents, please see our Divorce Packages pages.