Not everyone immediately goes out and hires a lawyer when they realize they are headed for divorce. In fact, if you have few assets, no children, and there aren’t any major points of convention, bringing in an attorney is just going to needlessly complicate things, not to mention it will put a hole in your wallet. That said, there are plenty of marriage breakups each day in America that are much more complicated than that dream scenario. If yours is, there are a number of benefits to hiring legal counsel to represent you moving forward. Here is how a good attorney can help you through the process.
Even if this isn’t your first time splitting from your spouse, you don’t have the experience even a relatively new divorce lawyer brings to the table. This experience can make a big difference, especially when it comes to contentious battles, which have a way of getting nasty. You need someone with a professional, cool head about them that can rely on their wealth of knowledge to make the correct strategic moves at the right time. In some ways, a case like this is similar to a game of chess. You may not see it like a game, but it really is. You need someone who has a track record of winning.
Did you know that you will be held to the same standards as a lawyer when you go to court without one? The judge is not going to “take it easy” on you because you haven’t passed the bar. It is your right to act as your own attorney and represent yourself in court. But it is the court’s right to ignore this and treat you just as if you were an attorney yourself. This means you’ll be expected to have the appropriate knowledge of the law, the court rules and procedures, the requirements and deadlines set by the court, and more. Do you really feel ready to take on that kind of responsibility?
Do It Right the First Time
Many a lawyer has had someone walk through their doors with the same sad story. They decided to represent themselves in their divorce and wound up getting a terribly raw deal from the courts. Now they want an attorney to come fix what they botched. But it is far easier to get what you want the first time around than it is to go back into a settled case and fix what went wrong. If you hire a lawyer to begin with, you will have the best chance of getting a divorce that you can be pleased with in the end.