DIY Divorce2018-06-20T23:00:46+00:00

Many couples want to try the Do It Yourself option for divorce.

We hope you find these notes helpful. If you find things a little overwhelming, we can offer a little help, if needed:

  • In Oregon, our paralegal can prepare the court documents for you.

  • In Washington and Colorado, an attorney associated with Genesis Mediation can prepare your court documents for you.

Need More Help?

We can help with a few of those touchy areas where finding resolution is difficult,
either in person or via video conference.

Choose one:

1. Click the link on your county or search for your county circuit court family law webpage.

  • Links organized by state and county.

2. You will need to download the the necessary paperwork and read the directions.

3. You will need to decide on Custody – video

4. You will need to build a Parenting Plan – video

5. You will need to calculate Child Support – video/link to the state calculators

6. You will need to determine who covers the children for health insurance.

7. You will need to determine how to pay for out of pocket child expenses (think soccer, dance, piano lessons, etc.) as well as out of pocket medical, dental and vision.  

Need some help with your parenting plan or have some conflict? We are here to help. Our paralegal can help at a lower hourly rate. If you have conflict, one of our mediators can jump in and help resolve it.

Settlement: (same as with no kids as well)

  1. You will need to divide and list your all your assets and liabilities as needed by the court documents.  Settlement Video
  2. You will need to determine spousal support, if any.  Videos for each state.

Need some help? We are here to give you a hand with the paperwork or conflict. 

Court Submission:

  1. Make an appointment with the court facilitator in your county, if appointments are available.
  2. One party signs the documents as needed, the other party takes the court papers to the courthouse, meets with the facilitator to review the documents, and pays the court fees.
  3. Both parties will receive notification from the court regarding the final dissolution.
  4. Remember to change beneficiaries on life insurance or other financial documents, titles on cars, and create new wills. If child support or spousal support is part of the final judgment, then life insurance in the amount to cover support is typically left in place. 
  1. Click the link on your county or search for your county circuit court family law tab.
    • Links organized by state and county for NO KIDS.
  2. You will need to download the the necessary paperwork and read the directions.

Settlement: 

  1. You will need to divide and list your all your assets and liabilities as needed by the court documents.  Video
  2. You will need to determine spousal support, if any.  Videos for each state.

Need any help? Our paralegal can assist you at a lower hourly rate than a mediator. Need some help with conflict over dividing the stuff or spousal support? One of our mediators can you give a hand.

Court Submission:

  1. Make an appointment with the court facilitator in your county, if appointments are available.
  2. One party signs the documents as needed, the other party takes the court papers to the courthouse, meets with the facilitator to review the documents, and pays the court fees.
  3. Both parties will receive notification from the court regarding the final dissolution.
  4. Remember to change beneficiaries on life insurance or other financial documents, titles on cars, and create new wills. If spousal support is part of the final judgment, then life insurance in the amount to cover support is typically left in place. 

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