What to Know About Getting Divorced Without an Attorney

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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:

Asset division 

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.

Custody disagreements

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.

Costly mistakes 

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.


Matters of divorce and family law should be navigated with the guidance of an experienced attorney. If you need strong legal representation regarding matters of divorce, family law, and estate law, contact the Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. to schedule a consultation today.

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What Our Clients Are Saying

I hired Susan to represent me in a divorce matter where I was fighting for custody and to limit my wife's equitable share of our assets. I won custody of our son, kept the marital residence, kept my professional practice, kept my building and paid less than half to my wife. This was after a long-term marriage. She could persuade the court that equitable is not equal and sometimes the man does deserve to win!

‐ Dave

I first must say that I had been represented by two prior attorneys both of whom had simply taken my money and left me nothing to show for it in my custody case. They kept telling me what they were doing for me but I found out they were lying. Susan on the other hand had gotten me temporary custody and support for my children and myself within two months of hiring her. I cannot say enough about her.

‐ Craig

After talking to a few other attorneys, I hired Susan to represent me in my divorce and custody dispute. I was reluctant to go with her because she was the cheapest out of all the other attorneys I met with, but I'm so glad I did. I am 100% positive no one else would have done such a great job with my case as Susan and her staff. Her work is quality, her staff is reliable and her character is honorable. There...

‐ Linda

I had a very difficult case where I had already burned through two attorneys who were unable to get me custody of my children and complete my divorce. Susan was able to rapidly work out an agreement and not let it just malinger on like my previous experiences. She was also considerate of my financial situation unlike all of the other lawyers I had spoken to. I highly recommend her if you want complete and caring service with an in-depth knowledge of...

‐ Joanne


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