Many states have do-it-yourself divorces or options for individuals to represent themselves in a divorce, and yet very few experts would ever advise such a route. Unless you have one of the least complicated marital arrangements (including few to no jointly held assets and no children), it is best that divorce attorneys are part of the equation. If you are not sure you believe this to be true, let’s look at four solid reasons why anyone seeking a divorce needs the help of an expert attorney:
- All of the decisions you make now affect your entire future – Divorce is an unpleasant event and no matter how amicable, there are bound to be some difficult feelings and trying emotional challenges. That can lead to bad decision making, and many of those decisions can have an impact on your future finances and life in general. Divorce attorneys understand that people are not always thinking clearly during a divorce and can ensure no poor choices are made.
- Few laypersons understand the laws – Matrimonial law and family court are full of complex laws and processes. If you attempt to represent yourself, you may become a major problem to the judge overseeing the divorce. You might find yourself out of your depth where the legalities are concerned, and you may not even fully understand the process you are entering. In fact, many people who attempt to handle their own divorces find that they jeopardize their standing in the divorce case with a poorly chosen word or action.
- You cannot handle the documentation – Paperwork begins to seem endless in almost any divorce case and there are scores of forms, filings and other materials that you are responsible for submitting. If you are going to court, that paperwork only increases. Accurate information, meeting deadlines and forgetting key facts or accidentally omitting them can lead to disastrous outcomes and long delays. Experts don’t make such mistakes.
- Attorneys know the options – Experienced divorce attorneys are familiar with every possible approach to divorce and all related issues. If you see only one potential solution to a problem, your attorney is probably able to see a handful of them. They will be able to make suggestions that you are unaware of or cannot know.
There are so many reasons to hire skilled attorney during a divorce. If you are just beginning the process in Kane County, Keller Legal Services has more than two decades of experience and can offer you the many benefits of skilled divorce lawyers.