Is it wise to opt for a DIY divorce in Missouri?

Many Missouri couples who are ending their marriages would like to do so amicably. An amicable divorce, also known as an uncontested divorce, is one in which both spouses negotiate the terms of the split with the mutual goal of fairness. In uncontested divorces, spouses are able to avoid the stress, unpredictability and expenses associated with litigated divorces.

Uncontested divorce is a great option when spouses are able to come to agreements on things like child custody, child support, and the division of property and debt. While uncontested divorces are not right for everyone, they are sought after enough that a new product has developed around the practice: online divorce.

Traditionally, Missouri couples untie the knot amicably by working with collaborative divorce attorneys. Collaborative divorce attorneys help couples make decisions on divorce issues, and they also help finalize agreements by overseeing the legalities.

In recent years, various websites have sprung up to offer uncontested divorce services. In November, a technology startup made headlines when it received $1.7 million in investments to develop amicable divorce software.

The company says that the software facilitates divorce by allowing couples to negotiate the aspects of their divorce with the assistance of “Divorce Architects.” The company seems to market the software as an inexpensive and quick alternative to a contested divorce.

While divorce options like this continue to market themselves, it is important that St. Louis residents recognize the seriousness of divorce. Decisions that are made during a divorce affect people in the short-term and the long-term, so it is important that these decisions are made wisely and under legal guidance. Finalizing a divorce as quickly and painlessly as possible is a priority for many individuals, but it is important not to shortchange one’s rights or interests by neglecting to seek legal guidance during the process.

In conclusion, if you are going to build a house, you should probably spend some time with an architect. If you are pursuing divorce, a call to a reputable attorney may be in order.

Source:, “Wevorce Gets $1.7 Million To Use Technology To Make Divorce Less Messy,” Colleen Taylor, Nov. 21, 2013

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