DivorceWriter review

Christian Rigg

In a Nutshell

DivorceWriter has been helping spouses divorce successfully since 2003, with a straightforward, 3-step process. The company is one of the top-rated online divorce platforms available today, and has an A+ rating from the BBB, plus plenty of helpful information on the website. DivorceWriter offers industry-leading pricing and excellent customer service.

pros

  • A+ BBB rating
  • Excellent customer service
  • Competitive prices

cons

  • Basic services
  • Not available in Missouri

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What Does DivorceWriter Provide?

DivorceWriter has a somewhat more simple offering than some of its competitors, but has made good use of this focus by providing a straightforward product with a simple, 3-step process. The service is aimed at spouses undergoing an uncontested divorce, and includes everything needed to move from Petition to Decree.

The 1-time payment includes all required state forms, guaranteed to be accepted by your local court (or else fully refunded), a settlement agreement, forms for spousal support and name change, a child support calculator and parenting plan, and filing instructions specific to your state. You also benefit from free, unlimited revisions for 2 years.

The website, while a bit dated, is clear and easy to navigate—not something that can be said of all competitors. It also has a useful knowledge base with articles like, “How long does a divorce take?” and “Best states for divorce during a pandemic.” All in all, it’s a focused, full-service approach to online divorce document creation. 

How Does Getting an Online Divorce with DivorceWriter Work?

DivorceWriter offers a simple, 3-step process for getting divorced. First, customers fill out a quick questionnaire to determine their eligibility for using the service. This is based on the customer’s state of residence (at the time of writing, DivorceWriter did not operate in Missouri), and whether the divorce is uncontested. If the divorce is being contested, or one’s spouse refuses to sign, DivorceWriter’s services cannot be used. 

Qualifying customers are asked to answer a somewhat lengthy questionnaire divided up into 9 sections: marriage information, residency, spouse information (the sections are entitled Wife Information and Husband Information, but DivorceWriter can be used for same-sex marriages), child information, spousal support, property, debt, and delivery. Your answers to these questions are used to prefill your divorce papers, a somewhat simpler approach than doing so traditionally. 

After filling out the form, customers are asked to provide payment information. Once payment has been verified, you’ll have access to your forms, which you can either print or have shipped. Sign the forms, and they are ready to be submitted or sent to your local courthouse. 

Pricing for Online Divorce

DivorceWriter gives 2 rates: Divorce with children, at $219, and Divorce without children, at $199. However, at the time of writing, special pricing was available for $137 for both services. In addition, the website claims that DivorceWriter is “committed to having the lowest price on the market. If you see a lower price we’ll refund the difference.” 

The pricing page goes on to say that the price is the same regardless of whether or not minor children are involved in the case, so this “special pricing” is presumably long-term.  

DivorceWriter Background

DivorceWriter is owned and operated by Pro Se Planning, Inc., an online legal document service founded in 2003 that also runs TotalLegal.com (Will & Testament, Power of Attorney, and more). 

Both DivorceWriter and TotalLegal have received excellent reviews from TrustPilot: with scores of 4.6 (1 492 reviews) and 4.4 (394) respectively. This is one of the highest ratings for online divorce documents we’ve seen, and bodes well for prospective customers. Pro Se Planning, Inc. is also registered with the Better Business Bureau, and has an A+ rating.

What Customers Say About DivorceWriter

“Everything worked as planned. Documents and instructions were concise and informative. Thank you very much.” - Terry, customer.

“If you're looking for a[n] economical divorce, where both parties are in complete agreement..Look no further... DivorceWriter software is fast, easy and friendly to navigate. Delivery was fast. Filing Instructions were easy to follow… I definitely recommend DivorceWriter to anyone needing their services.” - Roy P., customer.

“Divorce Writer is the most wonderful and amazing company for applying for a divorce. Stress free, happiness. Very helpful, very professional. I will tell anyone and everyone about them. My son also wants to get his through them. Thank you so much, Divorce Writer.” - Betty, customer. 

Customer Service

DivorceWriter offers customer service by telephone from 8am to 4pm (PT), Monday to Friday. 

There is also a good-sized knowledge base and FAQ section on the website, with articles and questions divided up into categories. You can get state-specific information as well by selecting your state at the top of the page—a nice touch, as regulations can vary widely between states.

Finally, it’s worth noting that DivorceWriter has done a good job of responding to negative reviews on TrustPilot and other review sites. In several cases, reviews were changed to 4 or 5 stars after intervention by the customer service team. 

DivorceWriter FAQs

Do I have to have my documents mailed to me? 

No, DivorceWriter also supports downloading your own documents and printing them. This is much faster than having them sent. 

How long does it take to complete the process?

It’s hard to give an exact timeframe for a divorce process, but the actual online interview (questionnaire) only takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. After that, you’ll need to file the papers, and wait for the divorce to be finalized.

What guarantees does DivorceWriter offer?

DivorceWriter guarantees that the documents are legal and up-to-date, and will refund customers whose documents are refused by a court. 

Do I need to file DivorceWriter papers straight away?

No. If changes in state laws render your documents inaccurate or ineligible for court, DivorceWriter will send new forms, correctly filled out, at no additional charge, for up to 2 years after the date of payment. 

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Bottom Line

DivorceWriter offers a simple, streamlined, quick service for online divorce documents. The website is less flashy than some competitors, but easy to navigate and well stocked with useful information. The company has excellent ratings on TrustPilot and from the BBB, and good customer service. It’s also one of the cheapest options available.

With an outstanding track record, easy-to-understand questionnaire, and straightforward pricing, DivorceWriter is a solid choice for online divorce documents. 

Christian Rigg is a freelance writer who’s spilled ink on everything from finance and technology to data science and Ancient Roman pottery. Born and raised in Canada, he currently lives in the south of France.

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