"...retail uncontested divorce is probably 80% cost-driven. Yet the average uncontested fee amongst NetDivorce’s online competitors remains surprisingly high at $250-$300.” - Ed West, NetDivorce, LLC
Southern California (PRWEB) October 26, 2012
California online divorce forms preparer NetDivorce can trace its retail divorce pedigree back to the early days of independent paralegals – long before the Internet and right on the edge of the personal computer era. Yet 31 years later and after a recent website redesign and an upgrade of its proprietary software, NetDivorce’s flat rate fee to handle an uncontested California divorce is still just $99. That fee includes any child custody, child and/or spousal support, visitation and parenting plan, division of property and debt, child support calculations and a Marital Settlement Agreement to tie it all together.
An expanding share of the California uncontested divorce market continues to move away from lawyers and “bricks and mortar” Legal Document Assistants and towards online divorce form preparers. “Online is where the greatest cost savings are,” says Ed West of NetDivorce, LLC, “and retail uncontested divorce is probably 80% cost-driven. Yet the average uncontested fee amongst NetDivorce’s online competitors remains surprisingly high at $250-$300.”
When West opened California Legal Assistance Centers in Riverside, CA on June 1, 1981, his fee to type, file and serve divorce papers in an uncontested divorce was $70. By the time West took California Legal Assistance Centers online in 2001 and changed its name to NetDivorce, that fee had increased to $250. Even at that inflated price, California Legal Assistance Centers was still the cheapest “bricks and mortar” divorce forms preparation service around – right before the online divorce boom started.
Yet 11 years later, the big nationwide online divorce services do not seem to be passing along the available cost savings to the consumer. West says, “I can’t speak for my competitors, but I can tell you that NetDivorce, as a small regional outfit, is well-funded and making money at $99 per case. So there are certainly some larger nationwide companies out there, charging $300 for either the same or a lesser service that NetDivorce provides, with expensive TV campaigns and very healthy top lines, if not bottom lines.”
West, who has been a UK barrister since July, 1976, maintains that there are three core values NetDivorce will never abandon – the lowest flat rate uncontested fee in the industry – with no ups or extras, lack of any dishonesty or trickery in its offer of services (a major problem in the online divorce field) and a level of client support that is breath-taking in its comprehensiveness.
New California divorce consumers who want to know how to get uncontested divorce papers prepared at low cost or just to learn more about NetDivorce service, or perhaps just read our divorce consumer tips, should visit https://netdivorce.com or call 888-NETDIVORCE (888-638-3486).
About NetDivorce: NetDivorce prepares California divorce papers online in uncontested divorce cases for $99. Create your secure account. Complete the online interview at your own pace from the comfort of your home or office. Download your divorce papers immediately and print them on your home or office printer. Use customized detailed NetDivorce written instructions to file and complete your uncontested divorce. Control your own case throughout with NetDivorce DokChek, Weekly Updates, Knowledge Base, context-sensitive help systems and Client Support.