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LOW COST DIVORCE IN CALIFORNIA

Low Cost Divorce in California

Low Cost Divorce Online in California

The number one question we’re asked by clients before they hire NetDivorce is not anything about their own cases, but whether NetDivorce is “for real” or “legit?” How can NetDivorce possibly offer a quality complete service at one half to one third the price of most other online providers?  There must be something wrong! Right? When others are so much more expensive, there can’t be a low cost divorce alternative in California! Right?

No! Many people naturally think that way because consumers have been trained in so many industries, including the field of law, to think that products and services should be re-assuringly expensive. If it doesn’t cost a lot, it can’t be good.  Nonsense!

NetDivorce’s flat rate fee for uncontested divorce is $129 . We provide a service that is of high quality and second to none. Our clients are often surprised by the quality and extent of our customer service.

Unlike other online divorce services, we don’t charge what we think is the highest fee the market will bear. Instead, we control our costs aggressively(see below). We know exactly what our costs are per case, and we add a reasonable profit to get to our low flat rate fee. The result is that NetDivorce is very profitable even when we offer low cost divorce. Of course, we are only profitable because we handle high volume, but you want your divorce provider to handle a lot of cases.

NetDivorce’s pricing is a win-win situation. We stay in business to finish your case, and you benefit from a low cost divorce service that takes full advantage of all the available economies of scale.

So if completecase.com, legalzoom.com, divorcewriter.com, 3stepdivorce.com and all the other nationwide “big boys”  charge $250-300 for the exact same service NetDivorce provides, perhaps the question should not be why NetDivorce is so cheap but why are those other guys so expensive.

In any event, here’s why NetDivorce is so cheap:

We're Only On the Internt

We don’t have fancy downtown offices like we did in the 80’s and 90’s (when we were California Legal Assistance Centers – with offices in Riverside and Sacramento). Many other large “bricks and mortar” costs, such as postage, phone, office supplies and certain types of advertising, such as Yellow Pages, either no longer exist at all in our business model or are a fraction of what they used to be. In 1998, our Yellow Pages cost alone was $7000 per month (That’s over $13,000 in 2015 dollars.)! Today our Yellow Pages cost is ZERO. Now, it’s true that there are certain Internet-based costs that didn’t used to exist at all, but they are very small per case compared to pre-Internet costs. We pass ALL of our cost reductions along to you. This is what the Internet was supposed to be!  Remember?

We Use Our Own Divorce Software

We believe it to be the first divorce software ever written. Our founder wrote it in 1983.  We’ve upgraded it constantly since 1983 and converted it to the Internet in 2001.  It’s good, and it costs us nothing. To write your own software from scratch now would cost you $10,000’s, and you’ve got to pay that development money to someone (bank, investors, programmers, etc.). If you rent or lease someone else’s software, which most of our competitors do, you’ve got to pay their development costs, their maintenance costs and their profits. In the end, the client always pays. At NetDivorce, no client EVER pays dime one for our excellent proprietary divorce software.

We Work At Home

Each of our staff works at his or her home. This not only makes us happier and more productive but also further reduces the costs of doing business (business clothes, gas, Starbucks, etc.). Again, we pass those savings along to the divorce consumer (you). What do you care that we’re sitting here in our shorts? We promise not to use webcams.

We're Really Good

We’ve been doing this since June 1, 1981. When you’ve been doing anything since June 1, 1981, you’re good at it. When you’re good at it, you don’t make (m)any mistakes. When you don’t make many mistakes, the time spent on each case is reduced. Time is money. We save money per case because we are so darn good! Again, we pass on those savings to the client. Most of our competitors can’t do that. All of our competitors don’t do that.

We Don't File Your Case For You

This is the BIGGY! None of our online competitors file your case for you either, but they hide that fact like there’s something wrong with it.  We don’t hide this.  We shout it out!!  This is a large cost savings we pass along to our clients.  Our competitors don’t pass along the savings.  They hush this up so that they can keep those substantial savings.

In the 80’s and 90’s, we charged an average of $250 per case in those pre-Internet days. That was cheap then! We ran 4 or 5 full time court runners in Southern California only. We know that it cost us between $30 and $60 per court filing circa 1990 (depending on the court and the number of cases filed each day) and that the average case had either 2 or 3 filings.

We don’t do that any more because it is not smart to double your cost when we have reduced your cost in other areas.  We now consider that the cost of court filing should not be mandatory for the client (you). It should be optional. So when we subtract an average court filing cost of $90 per case from $250 and then subtract all of the other costs savings listed above, the answer in today’s money is $129.

Don’t worry! If you really can’t make it to your local court to file your case (it’s easy) or you just don’t want to, NetDivorce works with the best same-day court filers statewide. You simply upload your documents to their site and they take care of the rest. The average filing cost is $59 per filing and you’d need to pay them that fee twice during most cases. So you could add about $120 to your overall cost if YOU want to do so. Your choice.

And remember, none of our online competitors file your documents at court for you either, even though most of them charge two or three times what we charge.

So yes, we are cheap – compared to our competitors. In fact, WE ARE PROUDLY CHEAP!  But when you stop and think about the above, it kinda makes sense that we are cheap.  Now you know why we are cheap.  What you might want to think about is why we are the only cheap!

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