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Divorce Consultants Crack Under the Pressure
Victims Unite!
By Bitchy Cook
Last Updated: Friday, July 24, 2009 at 3:17:21 PM

I haven't the faintest idea what happened to this Calgary-based company.  One day they're shooting their mouths off about how good business is and the expectation that they'll be opening up another office, and the next, they're moving out under cover of darkness.  Website's down. Phone's are disconnected. No email contact....and certainly, no refunds.

I didn't actually choose to use their service myself, but I know of quite a number who did.  For somewhere between $1,200 and $3,000 they promised to help you coach you through your separation, division of assets, and preparation and filing of all divorce documents.

Amazing to me really.  They weren't lawyers.  This was really just the brain child of one miserable fellow who'd felt that he'd been screwed over by his exwife and her lawyer in their divorce, and wanted to make sure that it didn't happen to anyone else. Too funny!  At least her lawyer was doing the job that he was paid to do.

I found out about this when my girlfriend, who had contracted them herself the year before (but abandoned them in favour of doing things my way), received a broadcast email from one of the unlikely victims, asking for help and information.  After some discussion, we agreed that the two of us together might have some degree of wisdom that was worthy of sharing with those unfortunate people who felt like the rug had just been ripped out from under them and they were seeing stars.  And so the response went out..."feel free to contact Jan to see if she might be able to help.  She's no expert either, but she's in the thick of the process herself and she's handling it all on her own. It's not as hard as we all think, as long as we've got some support behind us.  It's ok not to have all the answers right out of the gate and all is not lost.  Contact her directly if you like".

To date, I've heard from 5 women...all at varying degrees of frustration and desperation.  I'm working with them to provide support, encouragement and direction where I can.  You really don't need a lawyer to get divorced, most especially if you're able to sort out the financial arrangements with your ex (even where that's a problem, there's still tons of information available online to give you basic guidelines). My help is free, but the process isn't.  At minimum, you'll be paying the court costs ($210 in Alberta), to have them 'administer' your documents.  Many of those who'd been working with DC have already paid this fee.  You'll know for certain that it's paid if DC ever referenced your Court of Queen's Bench file number, or provided you with a copy of your Statement of Claim.

The majority of documents that you need can all be found online.  You can either choose to do them yourself, or to engage another service to prepare them for you based on the information you provide.  There are a number of those, something that just prompts you to fill in blanks can spit out our papers for $99, another service (the one that I used, in fact, will prepare and send them to you (including all necessary copies), will fix any mistakes and answer all your questions throughout the process.  This'll run you probably another $210 or so, if memory serves, but it's still a world away from what Divorce Consultants charged, for doing less, less efficiently and without completion.

You're not alone and you're not desperate.  You just need someone to talk you down, and I'm happy to be that person for you.  I may be bitchy, but I'm not always an asshole.

If you'd like to contact me directly, please feel free to do so.



8/11/2009 6:18:16 AM by Mardi
I'm not sure if you can help me or not,I was a client of DC Divorce Consultants,I have been spending days researching,googling,phone calls,they have dropped off the face of the earth.I have called the trouble shooter,nothing!Is anyone e-mailing you to see if there is anything a person can do about this.If you have any sort of info to forward that would be great
Response (Bitchy Cook):
Mardi! I'm so sorry that I haven't responded sooner! I'll email you at the email address you provided to see if you've made any progress. - Jan
9/21/2009 9:48:23 AM by Grant
My Ex and I used Divorce Consultants back in 2007. We were (and are) on amicable terms, so DC really was the best way for us to cheaply settle our affairs. There were almost no problems in our filings etc. and I'm sad to see that they have gone under. They were offering a service that was pretty unique, so I'm quite curious to know why they've closed up shop.

Response (Bitchy Cook):
Grant, I'm pleased to hear that not everyone had an unpleasant experience with Divorce Consultants. Obviously there was a need for their services. We just can't know what was going on behind the scenes and why they had to close their doors. It's unfortunate truth however is that they had a significant number of clients who were left in limbo...with no answers, no where to turn, and upwards of a $2,500 hole in their pocket. It's a shame that a company that was trying to close the doors on marriages in a dignified way, wasn't able to close their own in the same fashion.
12/23/2009 4:17:48 PM by la
I've represented myself in the divorce system for over 10 years now... Hopefully next year will be the last.
If anyone out there has any questions.. please email me and if I can help from my personal experience I will.
Its a shame that these guys didnt work out.. Its a service that is needed..
I started to represent myself only because my ex husband's star
I'[m not a lawyer, nor mediator.
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