It Is Wise to Speak with a Divorce Lawyer if You and Your Ex Get Along
As a divorce lawyer, I will tell you that even easy divorces require the help of an experienced attorney. Since a divorce is a legal proceeding, most couples are unfamiliar with the process and may make inadvertent mistakes that can lead to future disputes or financial consequences. The second a single complication arises, the merest of wrinkles, you are going to need the services of a divorce lawyer to guide you through the legal system and protect your best interests. A wrinkle can be something as simple as a disagreement over who gets to keep the cat, and the court sometimes needs to step in to determine visitation. Given the potential for complications, working with an attorney from the very beginning is in your best interest.
A divorce is one of the fastest ways to realize just how entangled with your spouse your life is, and you need a divorce lawyer on your side to prevent you from getting legally or financially harmed during the untangling. Whether the issue is the kids or the house, you want to make sure that you are protected. For example, what would happen if you forgot to address your retirement accounts? Do you need a special order to access those funds in the future? These are things that you would not know without legal training. Thus, even divorcing couples that get along should have an attorney to help with the paperwork, something that I can do for an affordable fee.
The Risk of Representing Yourself
As a divorce lawyer, I know that many people are convinced of their own ability to represent themselves, often even when they are faced with a divorce attorney on the other side of the table. This is not a good idea. An experienced lawyer knows exactly how to use the law to give their client the most benefit during the divorce proceedings. In addition, when you have a lawyer on your side we know how to bring forward the most salient points in your favor while exposing the challenges with your spouse’s lawyer’s arguments. If you choose to go it alone, you are going to have to figure out how to counter their arguments and provide the legal standing for doing so. Rather than taking your chances, where you are most likely going to come out at the losing end, you should have your own attorney to argue for you.
Perhaps the most important phase of a divorce and the one where you will need a divorce lawyer to guide the proceedings happens before you ever make it to court. Discovery is critically important because it allows us to find out everything there is to know about your opponent, soon to be former spouse. In addition, when I am doing discovery I will be looking for possible holes in your former spouse’s case. Every case must have a counter case, and so as we are getting ready for your divorce I will need to look at as much information as is provided by your spouse’s divorce lawyer and plan our own counter arguments.
NOTE: This is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.