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Do It Yourself Divorce...With Attorney Assistance!!

by Anissa Bluebaum on 05/12/13

Many people would like to save money and represent themselves in their divorce proceeding. Many don't have the necessary funds to pay an attorney to get started in their divorce. Those who may have tried to file their own divorce papers and tried to represent themselves may feel overwhelmed with the process and are not sure if it all will go through correctly. 

The Law Offices of Anissa Bluebaum, LLC is now offering Attorney Assisted Divorces. In Missouri when an attorney assisted a person who is representing themselves it is called Limited Representation. In this type of arrangement the legal fees are drastically reduced, the client is representing themselves, yet with an attorney who prepares the documents and is available at all stages to give advice on procedure and to help the client make sure the divorce goes through successfully. 

For limited representation to work effectively in divorce proceedings it is important that the parties have agreed or are likely to agree on most of the issues of the divorce including division of property, division of debt, custody arrangements, child support and maintenance (alimony). 

In a limited representation scenario if the parties have agreed the divorce can be done quickly, efficiently, and at an extremely low cost.

So what happens if you have limited representation and your divorce becomes contested?

A couple of options are available. The client may choose to have us represent them for only one hearing or for the remainder of the contested litigation. For those who feel capable of handling the divorce on their own but would like an attorney to represent them during and evidentiary hearing such as a temporary custody hearing then the client would pay an additional flat fee for their attorney to prepare and represent them during this hearing only. This "as needed" basis is available with The Law Offices of Anissa Bluebaum, LLC and is  an affordable alternative to paying the typical $10,000 to $20,000 fees for general representation throughout the duration of a contested dissolution of marriage action.

Please see our page on "Limited Representation" which explains the procedure and costs of this affordable alternative to traditional legal representation.