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A Family Law lawyer will contact you shortly to review your case and discuss options. The choice to hire a law firm, or not, is yours and you are under no obligation to retain services. Consider these additional options to solve your family law issue:

Do-It-Yourself Legal Filing

When money is a limitation, you can save on legal fees by filing documents directly at your local court. Visit your local county clerk and request all forms related to your case, e.g. How to File for Divorce. Assuming you meet all qualifications (you reside in the county, all parties agree on terms, all parties will sign the forms, etc.), you submit the documents, pay the filing fees and process your case.

Do-It-Yourself “with Help” Legal Filing

Another popular option that costs more than self-completed courthouse documents, but less than hiring a local law firm, is online lawyer-assisted document preparation. Services like rocketlawyer.com’s divorce center make this possible. We recommend Rocket Lawyer to do-it-yourself filers, who cannot afford to hire a local lawyer, but benefit from a lawyer review. You complete legal documents on their website, receive an actual document review by a real licensed lawyer, and stay protected because their service will help enforce your document. Documents must still be filed with your local court clerk, but now you are more reassured that you completed documents properly. Rocket Lawyer’s pricing give you an option to buy a monthly membership package or only individual documents.

Legal Advice Hotline and Chat Service

Sometimes you’re just not ready to hire a local lawyer, but still want legal advice. Thousands of people per year talk or chat with a real lawyer, online, for a small fee. “Ask a Lawyer” services are especially helpful when you want a second opinion or plan to file your documents yourself later on. Phone advice services come in 30-minute increments and you can ask as many questions as you want. Chat services generally allow you to ask one specific question and a lawyer will respond online. In both cases, you are buying time from a licensed lawyer who has an ethical responsibility to answer your questions honestly and fairly.

Legal Advice Forums

Online legal forums visited by attorneys answering basic questions can be a good source of information. And if you are lucky, and spend enough time reading the forums, then you may find a case similar to yours. Forum lawyers will commonly answer with a generic reply and a disclaimer “…, but every case is unique and you should seek the advice of a lawyer for a specific answer.” Due to the nature of the legal profession, lawyers often cannot or will not answer consumer legal questions directly online. With that said, if you read enough of these forum posts and replies, then you will learn more about your rights.

Family Law matters are sensitive and personal, especially when you are emotionally attached to the outcome. Talk with legal professionals, learn about the law, and stand by your position. You have legal rights.