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Jailhouse divorce
August 25, 2007
10:55 pm
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AQueen
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This isn't the proper name. There isn't a jail involved and a person DOESNT have to be in jail to get this type of divorce.

It's called getting the paperwork, filling it out, and filing it yourself. The filing fee is the only fee you pay. If you are poor you ask for a motion to waive fee's and the file fee is waived. In other words it's free.

This works well for people that have no assets together, no children, basically nothing to contest. This is no contest divorce meaning he will most likely not contest it because they isn't a reason to do so. There are no assets, community property, no kids, nothing.

How do I know? My Mom is a paralegal and has worked in family law for years and has helped many people fill out the paperwork so they can file it themselves. Even she says they don't really need her, they can do it themselves but they are lazy usually or lack confidence to get it done right. You can also get FREE help filling out forms such as dissolution of marriage aka divorce, parenting plans, other family matters at the family court faciliators office located in most courthouses.

How do I know? I DID IT MYSELF. My parenting plan and my divorce. It's easy. If you can read and write you can do it or you can seek help from the facilitator if you are in need of some help or explainations.

I just needed to clear that up when I read someone posting about a jailhouse divorce. No such thing. No jail, no house, no convicts, nothing of the sort.

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August 25, 2007
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Your right. People need to call the Family law court in their county and ask about obtaining a packet and a fee waiver. Usually they have some type of free service to help people fill out the paperwork. Domestic Violence Centers have advocates there that help out as well.

August 26, 2007
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i found that through my victim's advocate i can get legal advice from my county. it is just one of the many services they help you with...amazing.

i have to do this myself...i was the one that thought i should wait till he was in jail that way it would be free. (bad terminology using the phrase JailHOUSE divorce) but since that question...it was explained to me that the county has these services you mentioned available. i was worried about the money end of it...tight finances for me...went from two incomes to just mine. and i got all the bills.

thanks queen

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