Whatever the circumstances that led to your divorce, you now have a lot to think about as you prepare for the future. In fact, you may not even realize how complex your divorce could be, especially if you have children, debt or assets.
Already overwhelmed with the prospect of a divorce, you may be tempted to handle the proceedings on your own or to download a form from a website to save money. However, you could benefit from hiring a divorce attorney in some very important ways.
Specific ways in which an attorney can help
An attorney can assist you with the following:
- Accounting for any outstanding debt
- Gathering titles and deeds for property and assets
- Understanding child support issues
- Dividing assets
- Anticipating potential assets like inheritances and retirement benefits
- Deciding what to do with the family home
- Knowing if you should request or dispute a request for alimony
These are only the most obvious issues that arise in divorces. Your family situation will certainly present its own unique challenges. Having an attorney to handle the legal aspect will allow you the opportunity to take care of your own emotions and the private struggles within your family.
The nightmare of legal paperwork
The divorce process is complicated, and your state of mind may make it difficult for you to think rationally. For example, if you overlook a debt or misjudge the value of an asset, you may end up involved in complicated litigation to undo it in the future.
The documentation and paperwork required for a divorce can be complex and overwhelming. Mistakes or incomplete information may delay the proceedings, dragging out the divorce even longer. Additionally, if your documents do not state your intentions clearly, the court may misinterpret the points you attempt to make. Attorneys with extensive experience in completing and filing the proper forms can take that burden from you, ensuring deadlines are met and the information is complete, thorough and accurate.
Asking for the help you need
There are many things in life you should do on your own. Your divorce is probably not one of them. The serious ramifications of errors and oversights can cost you for years to come. An attorney can provide advice, advocate for your best interests and carry the legal burdens for you. This will allow you to focus on your own well-being and the prospects and possibilities your future holds.