By: Martin M. Shenkman, CPA, MBA, JD
"Divorce Papers" can refer to all the documents that need to be filed to complete a divorce. We've had many inquiries to this site about divorce papers and especially free divorce papers. The papers or documents that are needed vary from state to state. Also certain documents are unique to each court. "Free" divorce papers is likely to be a mistake since "papers" can include much more than what you file with a court. You need to address the income tax returns you file with your ex-spouse, beneficiary designation changes for any insurance or retirement plans, likely a deed for your home, and more. Your entire financial picture will usually change so that property insurance, revising investment strategies, and more. Free papers may be cheap, and do it yourself legal forms may be cheaper then a lawyer, but its really unlikely to address so many of the issues. Remember the old adage, "you get what you pay for".
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