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Beware of 'get divorced quick' schemes offered in Ohio

In today’s fast-paced world there are a lot of commercials for products that involve getting something done quickly and inexpensively. These may include a “get rich quick” investment venture, a “finish your degree faster” program or even a “get a quick divorce” proposal.

These offers generally have a couple of things in common. They are offered for a minimal up-front fee, and in many cases they prove to be problematic for the participant down the road. The Ohio Supreme Court recently put an end to one of these speedy divorce schemes that was being conducted in its jurisdiction. 

In this case, a man had set up two companies -- A Divorce Fast and Law Online Inc. -- that offered a quick and inexpensive divorce option for Ohio residents. For only $539, A Divorce Fast prepared one Cuyahoga County resident’s divorce papers. It may have seemed like a great option…at least at first.

The problem in this instance was that the individual running these companies was not authorized to practice law, and it showed when the woman went to file the divorce complaint. She found that not only was the paperwork considered unacceptable by the court, but those papers also failed to mention very important divorce aspects, including child custody and support.

In this case, the court caught the unauthorized practice of law, shut down the companies and helped the woman correct the situation. This certainly doesn’t always happen. Individuals could be left with a divorce settlement that not only fails to address the circumstances of their specific situation, but could cause them financial harm well into the future.

This situation is just one reason why Ohio residents contemplating divorce should consult with an experienced family law attorney.

Source: Northeast Ohio Media Group, “Supreme Court shuts down quick divorce company, cites owner for unlawful legal practice,” Robert Higgs, Feb. 18, 2014

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