During a divorce, finances are at stake, so a person may believe that foregoing a lawyer is the best way to save money. This is not necessarily true. An attorney is almost always needed when issues need to dealt with, such as is the case with most divorces. Although some divorces can be worked out in a civil manner without legal assistance, most cases require the expertise of a divorce attorney.
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There are many conditions that arise in a divorce where hiring a divorce attorney is especially helpful:
When the other spouse has an attorney – It can be difficult for someone without a lawyer to fight for his or her rights against a spouse with a lawyer. Not only is it intimidating, but the party with the lawyer will likely prevail.
When the other spouse lies or seeks revenge – Emotions during a bitter divorce can bring out the worst in people. If you are divorcing your spouse because of his or her dishonesty or are afraid that he or she will get back at you for initiating the divorce, having a divorce attorney on your side will protect your interests.
Abuse is involved – Domestic violence against you or the children or having a spouse struggling with substance abuse are instances in which a lawyer can help file the necessary documents to protect the spouse and children from the abuser.
Children are involved – Child custody battles are common when both spouses want to have custody of the children on their terms. The custodial parent may also want to seek child support, so in these cases, divorce attorneys will fight to preserve their clients’ wishes and legal rights. (See our post on 2013 changes for Parenting Time here.)
A large amount of money or other assets are involved – Divorce lawyers have experience dividing marital property fairly. This applies to not only assets but debt as well. See our blog post explaining Community Property, click here.
You wish to seek alimony – If you are currently unemployed or have a job that pays much less than your soon-to-be ex-spouse, you may want to seek spousal support, or alimony. The length of the marriage and your earning power, health and age are all factors that an attorney will look at when asking a judge to grant you alimony.
To handle paperwork – Having to keep on top of paperwork just adds to the stress of a divorce. A lawyer will take of it for you by completing and filing the required documents. In addition, a lawyer is up-to-date on all the laws regarding divorce, which can be a huge asset since laws are constantly changing.
If you are considering divorce, be sure to protect your assets, finances, children and other legal rights by hiring a divorce attorney. If you would like to schedule a free consultation call our offices at (602) 254-8880 or send us a confidential email.
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