What is a Pro Se Divorce?

Some couples divorce pro se in an action where each spouse represents himself or herself in court without a lawyer. This can cut costs and reduce emotional distress, and it works well if the spouses control their own worst impulses, including revenge and selfishness.

Some jurisdictions offer summary divorces designed for pro se filing - uncontested actions ending short-term marriages with no children, both spouses working, and easily distributed assets and debts. Many couples file pro se using materials obtained online, with software and/or a web-based service that helps divorcing spouses complete and prepare divorce papers, forms, and/or documents.

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