Goddard & Malmquist
For experienced representation
Call our firm 847-382-3995
Menu / Navigate In This Section

The 'do-it-yourself' divorce is a risky choice

Divorce is an inherently tumultuous time in a person's life, and as such, it may be attractive to "take the easy way out." With divorce, the "easy way" is to utilize a do-it-yourself divorce. Many of these divorce filings can be found online, and while they may offer a quick way to get divorced, they most certainly do not offer divorcing couples an airtight divorce agreement, an agreement reflecting Illinois law, your specific situation, or adequately settle all of the issues involved in your divorce.

The legal risks that you take on as a result of using a do-it-yourself divorce are plentiful and dangerous. For example, after 30 days your property division agreement becomes final. This means the statute of limitation starts to run and it becomes more difficult, if not impossible, to change that Judgement. If you use a do-it-yourself divorce kit, you and your ex-spouse may make a mistake that causes you significant problems.

The problems with 'do-it-yourself" divorce to other divorce related topics, such as child support, parenting time and parenting responsibilities. If you make a mistake in your do-it-yourself divorce, you could be stuck with post-divorce circumstances that you never wanted or should not even have to deal with in the first place.

On top of all of this, most divorcing couples are not lawyers, nor do they have knowledge of family law. It is easy for people to make a mistake on a legal document such as a do-it-yourself divorce kit. It is best for splitting spouses to consult with their own family law attorney, and in the Barrington area, the names to know are Goddard & Malmquist.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Learn How We Can Help You

Schedule Your

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

Goddard & Malmquist

Goddard & Malmquist
1250 South Grove Avenue
Suite 101
Barrington, IL 60010

Phone: 847-382-3995
Fax: 847-382-4038
Map & Directions

Chicago Office
333 W. Wacker
Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60606

Map & Directions