Ending your marriage is hard enough without having to add more stress by filing for the divorce yourself. A do-it-yourself divorce rarely goes smoothly and only prolongs things when you hit a snag, such as forgetting to mention an asset or arguing over custody rights.
Instead, consider talking to an experienced and qualified divorce attorney who makes the transition easier and helps you navigate the entire legal process with less stress.
5 Reasons to Hire a Divorce Lawyer
1. Expert Knowledge of Divorce Law
An experienced family law attorney understands Florida laws regarding divorce and can make sure you get your fair share of the assets. If you file for the divorce on your own, you run the risk of losing out on certain marital property if you don’t understand your legal rights. A divorce lawyer can also help protect your other interests during a divorce, such as child support issues and future assets.
2. Mistake-Free Process
When you file for a DIY divorce, you’re more prone to making mistakes. Whether you forget to address a particular asset, or underestimate a debt, this type of mistake can hurt you financially and may lead to more legal proceedings in the future. An experienced divorce attorney goes through everything such as real estate assets, parenting plans, transfer of payments with due diligence, making sure to handle everything right the first time.
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3. Reduce Stress During a Divorce
If you are considering filing for divorce, chances are you are under a lot of stress. The divorce process itself is very stressful. Let an attorney worry about divorce process, so don’t make it harder by handling everything yourself. An attorney can significantly reduce your workload and stress, giving you time to take care of you and your family. An attorney only needs to gather your information before taking care of everything else. With less stress, you can tend to other matters and let an attorney deal with the legal process.
It also helps to be as prepared as possible. Here is a checklist when preparing for a divorce. (Hint, it will also help you save money on attorneys fees)
4. Negotiate A Fair Settlement
An attorney has your best interests in mind and can negotiate a fair settlement. Perhaps both parties cannot agree to child custody terms, or maybe you’ve both reached a mutual agreement before going to court. A divorce attorney knows how to navigate contested and uncontested divorces and make sure you receive a fair settlement.
A attorney can engage divorce mediation to help both parties resolve their differences quickly and cost effectively.
5. Preventing Delays
When you hire an attorney, you don’t have to worry about problems with paperwork that can delay the legal process. Though you may use court-provided documents to file for a DIY divorce, you may not provide sufficient information or documentation. You may also have trouble filling out the paperwork correctly. Let an attorney handle everything for you and get the divorce completed without delays.
Lastly, make sure you choose a divorce attorney you can trust. West Palm Beach Divorce Attorney, Eric C. Cheshire is experienced to handle the court proceedings, but also cares about the health of the individuals as they go through the divorce process. Make sure to work with an attorney who will represent your interest without the drama. Contact Eric for an initial consultation to see if he is a good fit to handle your divorce. (561) 655-8844.