Bakersfield, CA asked in Divorce for California

Q: Is it possible to file for divorce without a lawyer without a big hassle?

My husband and I have been married for 4 years, no children, mutally decided how debt would be split, cars were owned prior to entering the marriage. We have a house, that I want nothing to do with, I am not on the loan only the title. We have no other assets, we split our bank accounts evenly and neither of us is wanting spousal support. Would it be possible to file without a lawyer?

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A: You have the right to represent yourself in court both as the Petitioner or Respondent. Some courts make the processes easier than others, provide forms and may even had a special docket if individuals do not wish to hire attorneys for divorce or custody issues. You would need to check with your jurisdiction to see what options they may have. While you certainly have the right to do it yourself, I do caution that unless things are done correctly, a couple could end up divorced, but property either not actually divided or debt not apportioned correctly. I always recommend having an attorney at least look over it. You could also consider mediation which is a get option and you could have a lawyer prepare the settlement documents for both of you.

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