Those just beginning the divorce process often believe they can handle the entire matter without representation. Sometimes, this is true and the two spouses experience few, if any, problems. Other times, however, things fall apart and one or both spouses discover that not seeking counsel was a mistake.
Examples of divorce situations that might not require attorney representation include:
- Very short marriages
- Marriages in which no children were born
- Spouses have very few assets (or none)
- Complete spousal agreement on most or all divorce elements
Unfortunately, many divorces in Florida involve highly contentious or complex elements like child custody or support, alimony and complicated property division issues. These types of divorces nearly always benefit from lawyer representation. To those of you who think you can do it yourself, consider the following reasons other people acquire an attorney.
- Paperwork: You will have to complete a mountain of paperwork to get a divorce. Using a lawyer frees you from this burden.
- Knowledge: It is easy to make errors in the process of divorcing when you do not understand the process. A lawyer can ensure that your paperwork and your case itself remain error-free.
- Options: A traditional divorce is not the only way to end a marriage. Your lawyer can discuss other options with you such as a collaborative or mediated divorce.
- Objectivity: It is often difficult to make the right decision when you are experiencing the many emotions that come with divorce. Your attorney will remain objective at all times in order to guide you through the process while keeping your interests in focus.
In the end, a do-it-yourself approach can rarely replace the personalized and professional guidance a divorce lawyer can bring to your case. If you are still unsure whether you need an attorney, consider reaching out and scheduling a consultation. This can give you insight into how legal representation could help you through the process.