Some people assume that they can save money by getting divorced without an attorney. In reality, representing yourself in court can be far more costly than hiring a divorce attorney. Read on to learn more.
What are the potential risks of representing yourself in court?
When it comes to divorce, it is important to work with skilled and experienced attorneys. Representing yourself can hurt you in the following ways:
Divorce involves a lot of numbers. You will have to divide assets, determine alimony payments, handle complex assets, and more. When it comes to this aspect of a divorce, some people hire experts like forensic accountants to help. While foregoing an attorney may save you some legal fees, it will likely cost you majorly in the long run.
If kids are involved, it is especially dangerous to represent yourself. This is because custody matters are incredibly sensitive and should be handled by an experienced family law attorney. There is a lot that can go wrong when it comes to custody matters. For example, if your spouse makes false accusations against you, they can be difficult to dispute without the help of an attorney. Additionally, there are technical matters when it comes to custody- for example, knowing the difference between legal, physical, and sole custody and the ramifications of each.
Divorce is an emotional process. Even the most amicable divorces can be difficult and stressful. If you are not on good terms with your spouse, it can be extremely beneficial to have an attorney communicate with your spouse and his or her attorney.
Holding up procedures
Divorce/family law courts are often flooded with cases. Skilled attorneys can get through the process as quickly as possible. Representing yourself can mean wasting the court’s time. For example, you may need a judge to give lengthy explanations for things that your lawyer would already be familiar with. In most cases, judges prefer that both parties are represented by attorneys.
Once your divorce is finalized, the matters that have been determined are legally binding. Modifying a divorce decision can be an expensive and lengthy process. It can also take an emotional toll. For example, changing your custody arrangement after the fact can disrupt your child’s routine and cause undue stress.
If you are getting divorced, it is important to work with an experienced attorney. Reach out to our firm to discuss your case today.
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