Technically, you do not need a lawyer to get a divorce. If you and your spouse agree on everything, you can just file the appropriate paperwork with the courts and do everything yourself. But the reality of this situation is that it rarely works out for anyone. Most people who start the divorce process without an attorney end up hiring one down the line, anyways. Here are four reasons it's best to hire an attorney from the get-go.
You'll have someone to settle disputes.
Divorce can be a very emotional process, and as much as you would like to hope you and your partner are able to treat each other civilly and get along, this is not usually the case. There are bound to be disputes along the way, and without someone to step in and help you settle them, they will draw out the divorce process. Hiring an attorney to at least act as a mediator will give you that third voice that's often needed to settle disputes promptly and keep things moving in a forward direction.
You won't have to re-do paperwork.
Unfortunately, a lot of the paperwork you need to file during the divorce process is not as simple as you would hope. If you fill it out incorrectly, it might take a few weeks for the courts to get back to you and inform you of this—and then you'll have to go through the process again. A lawyer will make sure you get it right the first time.
You won't be as stressed out.
Divorce is always going to be stressful. But with a lawyer there to guide you through the process, you won't feel as much of the stress. With less stress, you will be better equipped to make decisions, handle court appearances, and have hard discussions with your soon-to-be-ex spouse.
You'll get what you deserve.
If there are kids involved or you are entitled to alimony, you may not know exactly what you are warranted in terms of custody or payments. Your lawyer can let you know what is fair and allowed under laws in your state and make sure you receive that. This way, you won't have to struggle financially in the years following your divorce, and your arrangement will be what is best for the kids.
While there are people who successfully divorce without an attorney's help, the vast majority benefit from hiring a lawyer. Contact a law firm like Begley Carlin & Mandio LLP.
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