Divorce is never an easy thing. The process alone can be very difficult especially when there are contested financial issues between two parties. This is often compounded by the emotional and mental stress involved during that time. The aftermath of the divorce process can be even more devastating. This is the reason why many separating couples are looking into the least expensive ways on how to divorce. The truth is: the cheapest way of legally being emancipated from a spouse is via a no-contest divorce. However improbable as it may sound, a no-contest divorce means that the 2 parties involved have an amicable understanding to move on to different paths. This sometimes happen between couples that have no children (or minor children) to fight custody over; no properties to settle; no joint financial accounts; no legal issues to address (e.g. unpaid back taxes); and that both spouses complete and file the necessary documents as soon as possible.
Cases like these are relatively rare and quick divorce proceedings usually mean “quicker” than what the conventional process entails.
Nonetheless, you can move towards a quick divorce just as long as you are willing to do the majority of leg work, and that you keep a steady head on your shoulders. The first thing you have to do is to hire or seek the services of a divorce counselor. Although this might entail some major cash flow, a divorce counselor would be invaluable to a legal procedure of this kind. Your counselor will tell you which forms would be needed to be filled and completed, where you should file these, and arrange for your day in divorce court. You can always ask a lawyer to take on your case pro-bono if financial payment is a major issue.
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These plans allow for full legal counseling on a monthly basis. You do not have to retain the services of an attorney full time but you must perform most or all of the leg work necessary in submitting your documents to the divorce courts. Examples of some of the work expected from you are: filling up court forms, making copies, presenting similar forms to your spouse, following up on your spouse’s form, acquiring necessary legal documentations (like income tax returns, SSS, work certification, residential certification, etc.) and finally submitting the necessary papers to an assigned divorce law clerk. If you would rather forego legal representation altogether, it would be best to check up on local, county and state laws about divorce court proceedings. Online forms and do-it-yourself (DIY) how to divorce kits are also available.
Your next step is to talk to your soon-to-be-ex-spouse. This may be the hardest thing to do, but try to make sure that he or she knows that a speedier procedure would leave less emotional scars on both of you. Try to make this transition as smooth as possible, so that both of you would not be bickering over tiny details and long forgotten issues that may make the proceedings drag on for a protracted period. Try to settle everything from the onset. This will help limit your expenditures to the barest minimum.