As you face a divorce, there a million questions and concerns rolling around in your head. You’re worried about who’s going to move out, if there’s going to be a custody battle, how much this is all going to cost, just to name a few.Here are six good reasons to hire a divorce lawyer:
Why hire a divorce lawyer
They have done this before
While this might be a first time for you, as well as an emotionally fraught experience, divorce lawyers have been through tons of cases. They have a pretty good idea of where your case is going both before and during the divorce and can give you realistic estimations on how long it will take and what might happen during the process. With experience comes insight and a divorce lawyer can also provide invaluable advice on whether or not you should settle, negotiate, or accept a plea bargain.
You are not familiar with the court system
Even if you’ve had some experience with courts, it’s best to have someone who works in that world day in and day out. They know how this process works and they know how to navigate the system.
They are not emotionally invested
While it’s important to have a lawyer that cares about you and your case, they are not going to be as emotional as either party going through the divorce. They’re here to meditate and find solutions, not matter how upset you or anyone else gets.
Paperwork and legal documents
Marriage is a binding contract, and a divorce is a legal matter. No matter how smoothly a divorce goes, there is going to be lots of paperwork to go through. A divorce lawyer will be prepared for all of that and will be able to everything organized for you so that nothing slows the process down or even stops it entirely.
Lawyers can challenge or suppress evidence
If evidence is used improperly against you or if there is evidence brought up that you think is faulty like contradicting testimonies, a divorce lawyer can make sure that that evidence is being challenged. It carries more weight if a trained attorney is questioning and objecting to matters being brought up in court as opposed to someone who is emotionally invested and appears to be worried about the outcome.
A divorce lawyer can also assess your case and give you advice on how to proceed. There may be other options that would work better for you situation like mediation, and only someone who knows all the choices available as well as what is required for each choice can point you in the right direction and help you get through it with less money spent, less energy wasted, and less worrying.
If you think you’ll save money by not hiring a divorce lawyer, you might wind up costing yourself more than just a few dollars. Let a professional handle it and get at least one concern off your mind.