An increasing number of people are attempting divorces without the assistance of counsel to avoid excess costs.  Without knowledge of proper procedure, however, the process can take much longer and people can miss out on benefits to which they are entitled.  Recognizing this, courts in California, where 75% of divorce litigants file without attorney assistance, instituted one-day divorce programs.  Papers are filed and other requirements are met in advance, but a divorce is finalized in one day at court, usually with the hep of a legal coordinator.  This option works best when there is no custody dispute and an agreement is largely in place for division of property.

See Ann Carrns, “California Pioneers the Court-Aided One-Day Divorce,” The New York Times (June 6, 201$

Posted by David Staggs, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal