What Is A Kitchen Table Divorce?
A “kitchen table divorce” is an informal and less expensive alternative to litigation. Sometimes people have a pretty good idea of how they are going to divide up their marital estate and/or how they are going to share custody of their children.
They do not want to spend a fortune on litigation and are willing to work with each other to come up with a resolution for their issues. They know that they want legal help because they want to do everything correctly and have their agreement spelled out in a legally binding document. A kitchen table divorce is an inexpensive and practical way to do that.
Understanding The Process
There are no set rules for a kitchen table divorce, other than two people who are willing to work together to come up with solutions for their issues. One of the parties retains an attorney since one attorney cannot represent both parties in a divorce.
This attorney drafts a marital settlement agreement based on the information provided by the parties. She also drafts and files all of the documents necessary to complete the divorce once the parties are satisfied with their final marital settlement agreement and/or custody agreement.
The non-client party has the option of consulting with an attorney at any time throughout the process or just to review the final agreement. The agreement is written in plain English, instead of legalese, so that both parties can easily understand all of the terms.
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