After months of trying to save your marriage, you've finally realized that it's time to call it quits. Deciding to divorce is never an easy decision to make. Now that you've made the decision, it's time to get help. If you've thought about going through the process without legal assistance, you might be jeopardizing your case and creating additional problems for yourself. Here are four reasons why you should hire an attorney to represent you in your divorce proceedings.
You're Not Familiar with the Law
If you don't know how family law works, you can jeopardize your entire case by saying or doing the wrong thing. While judges will be patient with a person who is representing themselves, they won't afford them any special treatment. That means that if you make a mistake during your divorce proceedings, you could lose your case. An experienced lawyer will know exactly what to do to provide you with the best chances for a successful outcome.
You Can't Be Objective
Filing for divorce is extremely emotional. Unfortunately, it's nearly impossible to remain objective when your emotions are getting the best of you. That lack of objectivity may make it difficult for you to make wise decisions when it comes to your divorce. You need someone who will remain objective throughout the proceedings. Your attorney will be able to maintain objectivity and help you make the decisions that will benefit you and your future.
You Might Not Know Your Options
If you don't know what your options are, you might shortchange yourself during the divorce. For instance, you might not realize that you're entitled to spousal support or that you may be entitled to receive part of your spouse's retirement account. By not hiring an attorney, you may sign away benefits that you're entitled to receive.
The Paperwork Is Confusing
Divorce paperwork can be confusing, especially if you don't know which forms need to be filled out. In addition, there are time limits in place for when each portion of the paperwork must be submitted. Failure to file the correct paperwork or to fill it out properly could result in your case being delayed. Prevent confusion and costly mistakes by having a divorce lawyer take care of the process for you.
If you're going through a divorce, don't take chances with your future. For questions and concerns regarding your divorce, be sure to consult with an attorney, such as one at Powers Law.Share