Your marriage is in trouble and you've decided to file for divorce. You've heard of people taking a do-it-yourself approach to divorce. If you're trying to save money, you might think that the do-it-yourself approach would be the right way to go. However, while it might save you some money in legal costs, it may end up costing you more in the long run. Before you decide to handle your divorce without legal assistance, take a look at three reasons why it might not be in your best interest.
You Think Your Spouse Is Hiding Assets
If you know where all the marital assets are, it might not be a bad idea to forgo legal assistance. However, if you are concerned that your spouse may be hiding assets from you, or there are retirement accounts involved, you should sit down with an attorney before you make any decisions. It can be difficult to find hidden assets, or fight for your portion of retirement accounts without legal representation. If you're not sure about the assets, don't proceed without an attorney.
You Have Trouble Voicing Your Opinion
During the divorce proceedings, you're going to need to be vocal about your demands. If you have trouble voicing your opinion, or your spouse is domineering, you may be at a disadvantage when it comes time to negotiate a divorce settlement. If you're not sure you'll be able to speak for yourself during your divorce, you should consider hiring a family law attorney to represent you. They'll be able to be the voice you need to ensure your rights are protected.
There Is a History of Domestic Abuse
If there is a history of domestic abuse in your marriage, don't attempt to file for divorce without legal representation. Threats of violence can escalate once you decide to leave. You're going to need protection throughout the process. A family law attorney will be able to help you receive the protection and services you need. For instance, your attorney will be able to help you obtain an order of protection that will require your spouse to stay away from you. If you are a victim of domestic violence, it's important that you let your attorney know as soon as possible.
Now that you've decided to file for divorce, you want to make sure it goes as smoothly as possible. Before you decide to proceed without a family law attorney, you need to be sure it's the right way to go. If any of the instances described above apply to you, be sure to sit down with an attorney before you file for divorce.Share
28 December 2015
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