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Texas divorce lawyers opposed to new DIY forms

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Supreme Court of Texas has approved do-it-yourself divorce forms, much to the consternation of Texas divorce lawyers. Many lawyers in the state have reservations on whether the forms will be successful. The Supreme Court allows the forms to be used where a Texas divorce is uncontested.

This means divorcing couples with no child custody or property issues can use them. Critics of the new forms believe they could actually result in more work for court employees, especially if couples do not know how to use the forms or make errors when filling them out. One opponent of the form claims that litigation handed over to citizens could be dangerous and may result in harm to their legal interests.

Some 48 states have DIY forms for divorcing couples. In Texas, they are meant for those who may not be able to afford to hire a lawyer. Judges in the case noted they are not appropriate for everyone seeking a divorce in the state. However, the ease of using the forms could make couples go against their better judgment and result in lost pension money or other property they would otherwise be entitled to in a divorce.

Couples involved in a Texas divorce may want to think long and hard about using these forms. Filling them out incorrectly could result in litigation, costing them more in the long run. These forms are used for people with no property issues, but some people may not realize what exactly constitutes property in the state. As such, some people could miss out on their entitlements simply by choosing to take the easier route.

Source: upi.com, "Texas lawyers oppose DIY divorce," Nov. 27, 2012

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