It’s easy to assume that divorce proceedings are something that you can handle on your own. A lot of time people think they are some-how going to save money, but in the long run, not using a divorce attorney can cost you even more. Not only will you end up spending more money, but the emotional strain can escalate with the additional strain of having to handle the divorce personally. Usually individuals are divorcing because they struggle to communicate with one another and a divorce attorney is a great buffer during divorce proceedings. Let’s discuss a few reasons why not having a divorce attorney is a bad idea.
- Your Emotions Can Affect Your Judgement
Separation can be an extremely emotional process. You may feel sad, angry, confused, or even hopeless. While all of these feelings are typically a part of the grieving process and could lead to your becoming a stronger person, they can have a negative effect on your ability to make sound decisions.
The benefit of hiring a divorce lawyer is that it involves someone who can see things objectively. They can point out when you’re being unreasonable. They can make negotiations between both sides less tense. And most importantly, they can ensure that you don’t do anything that would sabotage your case.
- You May Not Understand the Paperwork
The outcome of your case will heavily rely on the information that you submit to the judge. And most people are surprised by the amount of paperwork that comes with preparing for a divorce proceeding. Not only is there a lot, but choosing the proper forms can be like searching for a needle in a haystack.
The best thing about working with a divorce attorney is that he or she can take some of the hassle out of the paperwork. They know which forms apply to your case as well as how to collect the information that you need. An attorney will also know how to fill them out in the most persuasive way.
- You May Not Know How To Draft a Winning Proposal
In cases where the spouses represent themselves, they usually have to agree upon certain terms and then submit their proposal to a judge. Unfortunately, many of these cases end in the judge rejecting the proposal. And this causes a delay and more work.
The benefit of working with an attorney is that they’ve handled cases similar to yours. This means that they have experience and know what terms the judge is most likely to accept. Not only can they ensure that your terms will be accepted, but they will also let you know when you should make a counter proposal or go to court.
- You May Not Be Familiar With Custody Rights
One of the most contested issues during a court proceeding is child custody. If you aren’t sure about what rights you have and don’t have legal representation, it may result in an unfavorable ruling. An attorney can help to educate you about this issue. They’ll gather and prepare all of the necessary documents. They’ll also work to make sure that the best interests of your children are being served.
- You May Need Emotional Support
Most people understand how emotionally draining a divorce can be. However, it can be twice as hard when you’re going through it on your own. This is especially the case if there are children involved.
The good news is, a divorce attorney, is more than your legal assistant. They’re more than individuals who are great at preparing the paperwork and drafting proposals. They’re also a source of emotional support throughout your divorce. They’ll be there to listen to your concerns and offer solutions when possible.
A divorce can be one of the most trying times of your life and attempting to deal with confusing legal procedures can be frustrating and costly if you make errors. If you are considering a divorce, please contact our law offices today at any of our convenient locations and get a free consultation.
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