Deciding on divorce can be one of the hardest things that you will ever have to do. You vowed to commit to one person for the rest of your life and letting go of that notion can be difficult. This is especially true when there are children involved. You want your children to have the best life possible, with two parents who love and care about them.
That being said, divorce might be the answer. Once you reach that decision, you may be wondering if you need a lawyer or if you can just represent yourself. Most of the time, you should have someone on your side. Here are some reasons why.
This can be a very emotional time, and you aren’t going to be able to think clearly during the divorce proceedings.
One of the most common reasons why you need a lawyer is because you may really be struggling during this time. You may want to punish your ex and that isn’t going to be in anyone’s best interest. Instead, you are going to need to find someone who can think clearly and help you find reason so that you can come up with a divorce settlement that works for everyone.
You have children who are going to be affected by the divorce.
If you have children, you are going to need a lawyer. You need someone who is going to help you come up with a child custody agreement that puts your children first. Nobody wants to lose their children in a divorce, so you need someone who is able to look at the situation closely, without being biased. Your lawyer will be able to show both of you what is going to work best for your children.
Once custody is settled, you are going to have to come up with a child support agreement. This can also become a sticky situation, so it is often best for two lawyers to help find the right agreement.
Your ex decides to get a lawyer.
Nobody should ever go into a courtroom (or even mediation) by yourself when the other party has a lawyer. That person is going to lose. Though you should try to get a lawyer first, you definitely need to get one if you find out that your spouse has gotten one.
You don’t want to make a mistake during the divorce process.
Though you can find a lot of information online about getting divorced, you might listen to the wrong advice and make a mistake during the process. Laws regarding divorce vary depending on where you live and if you don’t file your divorce properly, you could find yourself in trouble. You don’t want to find out, when you decide to remarry, that you never really got divorced!
Though you might want to try to go through your divorce without a lawyer, the truth is that it is probably going to be a bad idea. Many people are too emotional to deal with the whole process and think clearly while trying to come up with a settlement that works for everyone. This is especially true when there are children involved. You are going to have to come up with a solution that works best for them and stick to it. You also don’t want to make any mistakes during the process. This is easy to do because there are so many laws regarding divorce, and you could easily miss something.
If you are heading toward divorce, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We will be glad to represent you so that get everything that you deserve in the divorce.