With respect, I can understand that people do not want to pay for the services of a lawyer, but if you choose to get involved in legal matters without the advice of a lawyer then asking your question and hoping for an answer from a lawyer is inappropriate. Lawyers get paid for giving their advice and taking good care of their clients. Just like you go to work and expect to be paid for the work you do, so do we.
That being said, I have had more than one case where people tried to do their divorce on their own and could not complete it and hired me to clean up the mess. I venture to say that it would have been cheaper for them to simply hire me in the first place so that it could be done properly. You might want to consider a consultation with a lawyer to try to determine whether you really can or should do this on your own rather than paying the cost to have it done correctly.
You'll need a complaint and notice to defend. You may need an affidavit stating when you were separated if you have been separated more than 2 years. If separated less than 2 years, you don't need an affidavit. You may also need a military waiver if the defendant is in the military. You'll need a consent form if married under two years, a waiver to transmit the record, an affidavit of nonmilitary service if marred more than two years, an acceptance of service, possibly and affidavit of service, a notice of intention to transmit a praecipe (or a waiver), and a decree. You need to do this in the right order and meet the deadlines. There could be more depending on your case.
Or, you can hire my law firm. We do PA divorces for $148 including court costs, and I figure out what forms to use, draft them, and file them for you. You never have to go to court or come to my office. You do it all online and pay with your credit card, checking account, debit card, or Paypal.
With all of the variables there are when filing a divorce, why hassle with do-it-yourself kits when you can have an experienced professional do it for you?
If you do end up doing it yourself, I hope I've been able to help some. Remember that you also want to look at any property, child custody/support/visitation, and alimony/support issues before you get divorced, too. All of this is discussed on our website: MyPaDivorceLawyer.com - Good luck!
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