If you and your spouse are contemplating filing for a divorce, you may be overwhelmed by the amount of information and resources that are available on the internet. While using the internet to research a variety of topics is helpful, it’s advised that you only use online resources as a starting point. There are thousands of blogs, self-help websites, and legal advice available at your disposal, which is resourceful. However, these resources are written with a general audience in mind, and they are not tailored to your situation specifically. You don’t want to make an expensive mistake when filing for a divorce because you followed the wrong advice.
Moreover, what you find through a cursory search on the internet may not even apply to your state. Divorce laws differ by state. Most states don’t require you to work with a divorce attorney, but sometimes a divorce attorney is the best way to protect your interests in court.
Is a Divorce Attorney Right for Me?
Based on what you see in the media, you might be under the impression that every couple requires the assistance of a divorce attorney. You may even expect the entire process to be heated and full of arguments—much like the portrayals of divorce on television. Proper communication can solve the vast majority of problems, so if you and your partner can converse in a civilized manner, then there won’t be a need for in-depth court assistance to end the marriage. The best-case scenario in a divorce is when couples are on the same page about most family matters. If this is the case, you and your spouse may be able to negotiate a divorce settlement without much court intervention.
Make sure to communicate calmly with your spouse about the following matters:
What Will a Divorce Attorney Do?
Think of an attorney as a personal assistant who is there to help you fight your battles. Divorce is a stressful time for everyone in the family, and a divorce attorney can help with reducing stress. When you hire an attorney, most of your job is to provide the attorney with information. Attorneys handle everything else. This will free up more of your time so that you take care of your family and mental health during this difficult time.
Most importantly, an attorney will help you understand your rights. Attorneys are experts on local laws that pertain to your state. Every state has its own set of divorce laws, and you shouldn’t attempt to decipher them if you are not a professional attorney.
Are you worried that you’ll get stuck with an attorney who doesn’t have tact? One of the best parts about contracting an attorney is that you can interview with multiple attorneys before you decide to work with one. Don’t work with attorneys who don’t have experience with mediation, negotiations, and settlements.
Hiring a divorce attorney who goes above and beyond to make sure your needs are met is ideal in any divorce. Contact The Ault Firm today to work closely with one of our experienced divorce attorneys.