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Texas divorce moving online, say some experts

Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Internet has influenced every facet of our lives, and it continues to become more prevalent as technology advances. While many people are beginning romantic relationships online, some Texas residents are choosing to end them the same way. There is a growing trend away from traditional legal support and towards "do it yourself" online forms in cases of Texas divorce.

The trend stems from the availability of downloadable forms that can be sent to courts without legal assistance, but many Texas litigators are urging caution. There are 226 chapters in the Texas Family Code, and not all of them are comprehensively covered in the available forms. Already, courts have begun to see the repercussions of couples seeking divorce without the proper understanding of their rights and responsibilities.

One case revolved around a wife who was entitled to a portion of her estranged husband's benefits as part of a divorce agreement; another omitted the issue of child support altogether. In both cases, the presiding judge ordered the couples to seek legal counsel. According to Texas divorce experts, the promise of an inexpensive and rapid separation may lead people to waste more time and money than they realize.

Divorce is often a difficult transition for all involved. While the promise of a quick settlement can be tempting for those undergoing a separation, it may not be in the best interests of either party to attempt to navigate the complex processes of a Texas divorce without support. Residents facing a divorce may yet benefit from traditional legal counsel, even in the information age.

Source: kxxv.com, "Online divorce option increasing," Mike Iliopoulos, April 8, 2013

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