Although it is true that you can represent yourself in a divorce case, doing so is usually not the way to get the best results. Working with an experienced attorney will be far more beneficial than using online or court-generated documents, or using a book or website to try and do it yourself. A legal emergency, such as a divorce is a lot like a broken arm, you could set it yourself, and it may heal just fine, but it is much more likely not to fix the problem as you anticipated. Here are some reasons you might not have even considered to get a consultation if you are facing divorce.
- Working with an attorney helps reduce stress.
According to The Holmes And Rahe Stress Scale, a divorce is the second most stressful thing a person can go through in life next to the death of a spouse. In most cases, your divorce attorney is going to need information from you, but other than that most of the work is going to be taken off your shoulders and put on theirs. This can give you a huge sigh of relief, and more importantly give you adequate time to focus on other aspects of your life.
- Coming to agreements suddenly becomes easier.
Your attorney fights for your rights and is also able to see through the emotions that often cloud judgment in divorce. Your attorney can help to get everyone seeing eye to eye and seek fair agreements that benefit you.
- Having someone who knows what they are doing on your side is priceless.
It should go without saying that you want the strongest case possible. Dedicated lawyers and legal professionals will review the facts, design strategies, and as necessary be your advocate whether your divorce is resolved by agreement or trial.
- Attorneys can help you avoid mistakes.
Even if both parties are relatively amicable, the court and legal process to get a successful divorce can still be complicated and time-consuming. Attorneys will make sure that all necessary pleadings and are correctly prepared and filed throughout the litigation. Another benefit is that you can rest assured that strict deadlines for responses are met.
- The terms of your divorce will be clear and binding.
It is essential that the divorce decree effectively states the terms of your divorce that are in your best interest. Often times when individuals choose to represent themselves the court can have a hard time understanding each point of the divorce. This can ultimately lead to a decree with errors, unclear language or agreements that may be difficult or impossible to enforce. Usually, this problem manifests itself down the road when much of the damage is already done by a poorly worded decree. Speaking with an attorney helps make sure things are done correctly the first time around.
- You can avoid future litigation and modifications.
As we said above, divorces are extremely stressful. When people get stressed they lose their ability to think clearly. Attorneys can help make sure that no stone goes unturned when it comes to accurately assessing the needs of your family, as well as your assets and liabilities.
The divorce process can be tricky and confusing
Obtaining a divorce is a lot more hands-on than it might appear from the outside. This is especially true when it comes to resolving difficult issues such as child custody, child support, alimony, parent time, parental rights, dividing up marital assets and debts, and so forth. If you are still researching online we invite you to visit other pages of our website to learn even more about family law. You can also check out client feedback on both Google and Facebook. We encourage you to call our office at 801-748-4081 should you have any questions.