Many times people separate, but never have gotten divorced because they are afraid they can't afford it. The longer you stay separated, but don't divorce matters such as community property can become difficult because since you are still married the community property regime is still in place. This means assets each party adds or debits incurred can still be half the assetts of the other party or even be debt of your estranged spouse. The $500 Divorce is for those people that have already been separated for either 180 days, if there are no minor children, or 1 year if there are minor children, and have their property and/or custody issued worked out. If you are just needing the divorce, I have simplified the process by completing the entire divorce by affidavit and the majority of the time can keep either party from being served by the Sheriff or even having to go to court. As long as both parties are in agreement and want the divorce it is a very simple, and therefore inexpensive process, that can be completed within a week after the separation period.
Now if there are property or custody issues, as long as you and your spouse can agree on them, I can prepare a Joint Custody Agreement and/or Joint Community Property Agreement for an extra fee, but much less expensive that a court battle over these matters. Spousal support, child support, or any other issues can be resolved by joint agreement.
I am an attorney that encourages both parties to be reasonable and equitably work out their issues, as well as encourages reconciliation if that is possible. There are, however, sometimes that you reconcilation isn't possible. That doesn't mean though that both parties can't work it out equitably and inexpensively. Legal fights over the issues normally end with both parties tapped out financially and much resentment. Where children are involved people will need to co-parent and will still be involved with each other through their children, so legal battles never help the co-parenting relationship.
If you have ANY questions and would like a free consultation, please give us a call at (318) 387-2201, visit us at www.toddmartinlawfirm.com, or send me a private message. "The $500 Divorce" is $500 for legal fees plus court costs and filing fees, which in most cases are around $250. Payment plans are also available.
This is for information purposes only, is not meant to be legal advice, or form any kind of attorney/client relationship.