1. Register online. You will need to register with our Online Divorce Coach system.
2. Wait for system approval. Please allow 24 hours for us check for any conflicts of interest with our existing and prior clients. This is required by the State Bar of Arizona and is standard procedure for every law firm.
You will need all of your financial records, statements of account, insurance policies, bills and contracts, income verifications, and previous years’ tax returns.
You will also need health records, personally identifiable information (Social Security Numbers and birth dates), and important contacts for your spouse and any minor children.
Gather any certificates of title for vehicles, RVs and motor homes, motorcycles, trailers, and the like. If you own your home, then locate the deed and mortgage loan instrument. And if you rent your home, locate your written lease agreement.
Are you looking for an alternative to the traditional lawyer/client relationship? Are you willing to take on more of the work yourself? Do you have what it takes to manage your own property, children and finances? Can you rise above the emotion, make good decisions, and guide yourself to a positive outcome?
Many people prefer to do the legal work themselves for a variety of reasons. But this isn’t the right way to go for everyone. You may need someone to guide you, step-by-step, through the divorce process. Your situation may be complex. Your spouse may be abusive. In many instances, you’re just better off having an attorney take control of your case and drive it to conclusion.
For some people, it’s about saving money. In our current economic climate that makes even more sense. For some, it’s about maintaining control of family decision-making. They don’t want outside influences taking the family in a direction inconsistent with their values and beliefs. And for some, frankly, it’s about lawyers. Some people believe that lawyers make things worse, not better. I’m not sure I agree. I’ve always tried to bring peace to families, but I understand that not everyone sees it that way.
You will be able to use the system to negotiate arrangement for all issues relating to the end of your marriage. You can negotiate property division, alimony, child custody and child support. You can use the system to have your divorce granted by the court. You can litigate all issues yourself including equitable distribution, alimony, child custody and support. Ultimately, you can do everything you want to do without hiring an attorney to negotiate for you and appear for you in court. You have the legal right to do all of this without hiring an attorney to handle these matters. You are permitted to do it yourself.
We’ve found that you can. Many couples become frustrated by the process and decide to do an end-run around the system. They sit down at the kitchen table and figure out how to divide their property, plan for their children’s care, and work out their financial issues. They come back to us and say “write it up.” They could have saved a lot of time and aggravation if they had headed straight to that kitchen table on day one.
The AZ Divorce Coaching System is $197 per month. Our billing is handled by PayPal. You can pay by credit card, debit card, or directly from your bank account. We will automatically bill you on the monthly anniversary date of your enrollment. You can cancel at any time by logging in to PayPal.
You’re right–the AZ Divorce Coaching System is inexpensive. It saves you money (lots of money) compared to hiring a lawyer for traditional representation. That’s because you’re going to have to do most of the work yourself. When you pay a lawyer a large retainer, you expect your lawyer to do the work for you. With the AZ Divorce Coaching system you’re going to have to make things happen. The AZ Divorce Coaching system will help you avoid mistakes, it will direct you to the resources you need, and it will help you find the answers to your questions.
In an ideal world, we think, every person going through a divorce would have a wonderful lawyer at his or her side. Unfortunately, that’s not the way things work out. If you’re willing to do the leg work, if you’re able to edit some basic documents and negotiate with your spouse, then our system can work for you. If, ultimately, you find that you can’t work out the details with your spouse, then you will have learned a great deal and made some progress so that a lawyer will have less to do (and will perhaps charge you less) if you decide you need to hire counsel.
You get unlimited access to forms, webinars, videos, articles, FAQs, statutes, calculators and, most importantly, you get unlimited email access to an attorney. You’ll get answers to all of your questions as you move through the process.
Sign up. We’ll need 24 hours to approve your application (we’re required to check for conflicts of interest). Then get started. We suggest that you take a day or two to learn as much as possible before you put together a plan of action so that you’re working from a position of understanding the best approach.
You can dive right into the site. We encourage you to watch a webinar providing an overview of the process before you do anything else.
Maybe. More than half of all divorces are completed without a lawyer. We don’t make any promises other than to answer all your questions, give you the forms you need and educate you to the best of our ability.
What Do I Get If I Apply? Will I Have An Attorney?
You’ll get access to an attorney, which is the most important thing. It’s tough to do this yourself when all you have is a fill-in-the-blank form. You need someone who can give you answers to your questions. Our attorneys will answer your questions quickly and accurately. You’ll have unlimited email access to an attorney.
You’ll have private access to our AZ Divorce Coaching System website. It’s a members-only site featuring a wealth of content. You’ll have access to an extensive forms library, where you’ll be able to download our draft documents and customize them to your situation. If you need a form that’s not in our library, just ask and we’ll upload the form you need.
No, we provide example forms. You’ll need to tailor them to the specifics of your situation.
No, we can’t review your forms. We’ll do our best to make sure you’re on the right track and we’ll show you examples of properly completed forms.
You’ll also get live access to frequent webinars. You can watch, listen and ask questions. You’ll learn about divorce, property division, alimony, child custody, child support, alienation of affection and domestic violence. You’ll have unlimited access to the live programs as well as the recordings. We also have a wealth of educational videos, FAQs, articles and white papers. They’re well-organized, well-written, and will guide you, step-by-step, through the divorce process.
We can answer all your questions and we’ll provide you with the educational information you need to prepare. Of course, going to court by yourself is challenging. If your spouse is going to have a lawyer, we’d encourage you to have one as well. If you decide not to hire counsel for court then we will, of course, do our best to help you do it yourself.
No. Even with a lawyer by your side you can’t be guaranteed that you’ll win.
What Will I Learn?
You’ll get specific answers to your specific questions. You’ll learn the strategies and tactics that work. You’ll learn the vocabulary you need and you’ll understand the process.
At this time, we don’t offer that service as part of our AZ Divorce Coaching System. We’re considering offering that option in the future.
Your questions will be answered by the next available attorney. We will not assign a specific attorney to your questions. You will be responsible for managing the overall strategy of your case. That’s what it means to Do It Yourself with the help of the AZ Divorce Coaching System. You will not have a specific attorney with our firm.
At this time, we don’t offer that service as part of our Do-It-Yourself system. We’re considering offering that option in the future.
We are only permitted to work with one party in a divorce. Our private communications with you are protected by the attorney-client privilege. We can only answer your questions, and sharing our communications with your spouse will destroy that privilege.
We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy, simply ask for a refund. If you’d like to switch to a traditional attorney/client relationship, you’ll have the option of transitioning to a lawyer in our firm if we serve your geographic area.
Enrolling in our service is easy. Just click on the link below and we’ll process your application. You’ll be asked to review our terms and conditions and we’ll collect some identifying information. We’ll review, consider and approve your application within 24 hours. We’re required to confirm that you meet certain requirements relating to conflicts of interest before we can agree to provide you with services.
If you have other questions please click on Contact Us and ask. We’ll get an answer right back to you.
1. Learn the Divorce Process. You need a roadmap to get you to your DIY divorce destination. Learn about the basic divorce process by watching our overview webinar. By the way, you can review any materials, including our webinars, as many times as you need to. We want you to be confident in your knowledge of each step in your divorce.
2. Organize your materials. We’ve made getting organized for divorce a lot easier for you. Use our Arizona Online Divorce Coach organization kit to begin compiling an inventory of everything you own or have custody of. By using the organization kit, you can properly categorize your property.
3. Set Your Goals. Taking time to identify and clarify your goals is essential to a positive outcome in your divorce – this is your future and the future of your children that we are talking about here. Without a clear goal-oriented direction to take your case, you will struggle with every decision, from start to finish. To help you define your short term and long term objectives, use our Arizona Online Divorce Coach goal-setting workbook.
4. Develop Your Plan for Settlement Negotiations. Your plan will keep you on track during settlement negotiations with your spouse. Thoughtfully plan your strategies and indicate what you are willing to make concessions over.
5. Prepare an Initial List of Questions for Your Online Attorneys. Your Arizona Online Divorce Coach is always ready to answer questions and provide advice. So prepare your first list of DIY inquiries and email them to the Online Divorce Coach through the help desk.
6. Reflect on the Divorce Coach’s Answers to Your Questions. Although there is a lot of pressure to get things done quickly in a divorce, it is not a race. You need to reflect on the answers and information provided by the Online Divorce Coach, and make sure you comprehend the information. If some aspect is still unclear, then expand your inquiry and email your Online Divorce Coach again.
7. Create a Separation Agreement. You will need to draft a separation agreement for your divorce, along with other documents necessary to transfer ownership. There is no need to panic. All of the DIY-forms you need are waiting for you in the Arizona DIY Resource Center, as are several videos explaining what you need to do.
8. Prepare a List of Drafting Questions for Your Online Attorneys. Once you prepare your first drafts of the separation agreement and other documents, questions about how to write up certain things will naturally occur. List your drafting questions and email those to your Arizona Online Divorce Coach through the help desk.
9. Fine Tune your Drafts. Review the Online Divorce Coach’s answers and recommendations to your drafting questions. Make careful changes and edits to your separation agreement and the related documents, based on the answers and advice you received.
10. Set a Time and Place to Begin Settlement Negotiations with Your Spouse. This may be difficult at first, but it is necessary. We have some important suggestions for successful negotiations in the Arizona DIY Resource Center. Take a moment to read the information on scheduling negotiations before you set a time and place for your first session.
11. If Necessary, Keep Negotiating. Issues that cannot be resolved between the parties will be decided by the family law judge, so keep negotiating toward settlement. Although some couples may resolve all of their issues in a single session, many will need to carry negotiations over into a series of sessions. Almost certainly, you will have additional questions as you continue through negotiations with your spouse. Keep a list of those inquiries and email them to your Arizona Online Divorce Coach through the help desk.
12. Finalize Your Settlement Agreement and Sign It. Once you have reviewed the Online Divorce Coach’s answers to your questions, make final changes to your separation agreement and sign it.
13. Prepare Your Legal Divorce Papers. Use the Arizona DIY Resource Center to locate the DIY-forms you will need to complete. These are the divorce papers that you will file with the Superior Court Clerk. The initial pleadings will include the Petition for Divorce and court summons.
14. Get Your Final Divorce Decree. When all of the divorce papers have been filed and no outstanding matters remain unresolved, the family law judge will issue a final divorce decree. Remember that your subscription to the Online Divorce Coach may be cancelled at any time. Once you have filed the requisite papers in your divorce, and you’ve checked-out everything you need from the Arizona Online Divorce Coach, there may be no reason to continue with the subscription. Rest assured, though, that you can restart your subscription at any time, should you need a little more advice from Arizona’s only Online Divorce Coach.