10 Reasons You Shouldn't Attempt a Divorce Without a Lawyer

Divorce without a lawyer makes about as much sense at attempting to perform your own appendectomy after reading a medical journal and sterilizing some knives. If you really need to be convinced about the value of working with a lawyer as you divorce, here are 10 reasons to consider:

  1. Divorce is a legal transaction. You will get the best, most desirable results when you retain the services of an experienced divorce attorney to represent your interests.
  2. If you don't know all of the laws in your state or county regarding divorce, you could inadvertently cheat yourself.
  3. A lawyer can be your voice and negotiate on your behalf. This is especially important if you have been in an abusive relationship and frequently succumb to verbal intimidation.
  4. If there is likely to be a very large economic disparity between your future quality of living and that of your soon to be former spouse you lawyer may be able to negotiate temporary or permanent spousal maintenance for you.
  5. You will have someone on your side who is not emotionally invested in the outcome, but can help you think clearly and apply thoughtful logic to your decisions. This can be very hard to do on your own in a divorce when emotions can run high.
  6. A divorce lawyer can help ensure that your financial needs and those of your children are taken care of.
  7. Your lawyer can help you negotiate a suitable child custody and child support arrangement.
  8. You may not be aware of rights that you might have for part of your former spouse's pension, but your lawyer knows what to look for and how to get you the best settlement possible.
  9. A lawyer knows which papers to file, when they need to be filed and how to word things to best protect you.
  10. A divorce lawyer will be able to explain the options that are available to you during every step of the process, and can help make sure you don't make any mistakes that you will regret later.

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When a divorce involves children, or even a divorce with no children but where marital debt and assets exist that must be dealt with you are creating with your divorce a new set of rules for how to live after the divorce. Your divorce settlement can have as much of an impact on your future as your wedding did on your past. Protect yourself, your children and your future by working with an experienced divorce attorney.

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