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Do You Really Need A Divorce Lawyer?
There is no law saying that you need to hire an attorney when you get divorced. However, unless you are that exceptionally rare couple that has no children and completely agrees on how to divide your assets and you feel confident that you can correctly file all of the appropriate paperwork, you should strongly consider hiring a divorce lawyer. Online tools and guides are great resources for learning more about the process, but they are no substitute for an actual lawyer.
The Benefits Of Hiring A Divorce Lawyer
Even in an uncontested divorce, consulting a lawyer is always advisable, especially if your spouse has hired a lawyer. Having a professional, unbiased opinion on the substance of your agreement may open your eyes to details you missed. Realizing after the fact that your agreement was more one-sided than you thought can be a pretty rude awakening.
Listed below are three key reasons why you should hire a divorce attorney.
- Divorce laws can be complicated. If you decide to represent yourself in court, be aware that you will not get any special treatment as a nonlawyer. It’s assumed that you know all of the laws relevant to your case. The judge will expect you to understand and follow all court rules and procedures. Courts are very busy places and judges have very little patience for people who show up unprepared. If your spouse hires a lawyer and you do not, you may find yourself at a huge disadvantage.
- There is a ridiculous number of required documents. You will really get on the bad side of those impatient judges if you fail to produce all of the required documents. Many people going through divorce are surprised at the amount of documentation involved. The way you fill out your paperwork can have a big impact on how the divorce proceedings play out, especially if you make mistakes. We can make sure that everything is filled out correctly and filed on time.
- A divorce lawyer can be objective. No one has to tell you that going through a divorce is stressful and emotionally draining. If there are accusations of abuse, divorce proceedings can be especially trying. Having a lawyer who can always see the big picture and steer clear of emotion is invaluable in divorce court. As mentioned earlier, judges are very busy and have no patience for emotional outbursts.