My husband and I have agreed to divorce and the only thing left in both our names is the house. We have two children which we split custody and finances 50/50. We are trying to draw up the divorce decree ourselves. What is the best way to write the 50/50 split of expenses/insurance/extra curricular activity costs etc? Also, in the owelty language I have some language but once the divorce decree is awarded, arent' there deeds/liens that need to be filed so he is covered and will get the owelty money when I finance? Thank you
Since you and your husband agree on all material issues relating to your divorce, you might want to consider hiring a lawyer to draft the legal documents and assist at the prove-up hearing. The lawyer will only be able to represent one of you, but since you agree on everything your legal fees should be very reasonable.
Alternatively, hire a lawyer to draft the legal documents and continue representing yourself, which should be even more inexpensive.
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This is complicated stuff and it is not a good idea to handle it yourself. The lawyer you hire to fix the mistakes on your DIY order and deeds will charge you a lot more than a lawyer would charge to do it right the first time.
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I urge you to have a lawyer prepare your decree and other documents. Orders regarding children are so critical to be done correctly. You have far too much at stake to do it yourself. At least consult some lawyers. A lawyer can only represent one of you but it can still be uncontested and affordable.
Consult a local attorney. There are many who are well qualified and will look over and/or prepare your paperwork for you. You'll spend way more money getting the problems on a do-it-yourself fixed than just having it done the correct way the first time around
DIY divorces that involve children OR real estate are a very bad idea.
Since you agree on the terms, you should be able to have the papers drawn up for a reasonable fee.
To answer your question: Yes, there is significant paper work that needs to be done properly. As the other answers have suggested: Fixing it if you do it wrong may be impossible or much more expensive.
Check around, you should find a lawyer willing to do the work you describe for a reasonable fee.
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