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No one begins a marriage or relationship planning for it to end. The fact is that some marriages and some relationships don't last. Depending on the length of the marriage or relationship, the couple's lives may be deeply intertwined. Untangling the many aspects of any relationship takes forethought and careful consideration. When there are children of the marriage or relationship the requirement to think and plan ahead is even more important. The lives that a couple brought into this world should not be permanently damaged because their parents could not continue in the relationship.
If you're contemplating divorce, need to assert your paternal rights, or at the beginning stages of either process you need this course for your own peace of mind. Separating households and moving on with your life is too important to just wing it. There is too much at stake to fly blind. You need the information, the soul searching, the goal setting, and the careful consideration that this course provides.
The purpose of the online preparedness course is to help people think ahead so that the best outcome can be realized. None of this is easy. It isn't easy to end a relationship. It isn't easy to think ahead when there is so much unknown. Armoring yourself with knowledge,learning what you may be entitled to, understanding how to pursue your rights, and looking out for your children's well being will help make the process less intimidating.
As with most myths, some of these are sometimes true, but none of them are ALWAYS true.
The decision is yours. There are pros and cons to both. Not everyone is cut out to self-represent in court, but many cannot afford an attorney. When consumers ask us whether they need an attorney for their divorce, the answer is always the same. If you think you may need an attorney - then you probably do. That said, we are the Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers with members throughout the state who can prepare your documents for you. Florida allows attorneys to offer unbundled services for family law matters. Sometimes, a couple thinks that they are in complete agreement regarding their divorce, only to find out sometime along the way - that they're not. This juncture may be the time to retain an attorney. Others couples may have legal questions that are beyond the scope of our preparedness course, and beyond the services of a legal document preparer. In those cases, by all means seek legal advice. We are not, and never have been "anti-attorney". As with all things, there is a time and place for everything.
Our course isn't ready yet. We're still gathering resources to help you on your journey. We hope to have the course ready to go by the first of 2018. Before then, we'll offer a pre-registration option at a discount. Yes, our course will cost, but not too much. We plan on charging $150, and are recruiting document preparers to discount their fees to consumers who complete our preparedness course. We hope to also have some attorneys to refer consumers to. [We are not allowed to receive any compensation for referring to attorneys, and would never do so.]
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