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Should I proceed on my own in a divorce?

One of the first issues that must be addressed at the outset of any divorce is whether it will be necessary to retain the services of an attorney to handle all of the impending legal matters. While the answer will be an automatic "yes" for the majority of people, there are others who may not be quite so sure.  

While this uncertainty is understandable, it's important for anyone on the fence about this issue to give it the proper consideration and ask themselves the necessary questions.

Are there situations in which it is clear that a person does not need a divorce attorney?

There is really no simple answer to this question, as every divorce presents a unique set of circumstances. However, experts do recognize that those couples who have been married for a relatively short amount of time, have no kids or assets, do not want any support, and want to split quickly could likely handle the matter using some sort of "do-it-yourself" option.

From a purely legal perspective, why would a person want the services of a divorce attorney?  

While an entire book could be devoted to answering this question, the simple response is that the divorce process is exceedingly complex from the paperwork to the courtroom procedure. Furthermore, the courts do not provide those people who choose to represent themselves with any special treatment, such that any mistakes made could come back to haunt you in ways you perhaps never imagined.

In other words, a divorce attorney can effectively and efficiently handle all legal matters associated with your divorce, fighting to enforce your rights and protect your best interests.

From a purely non-legal perspective, why would a person want the services of a divorce attorney?  

From finances to family, there is no question that a divorce is a life-changing event. Given this reality, it's not uncommon for people to experience a host of emotions from anger and anxiety to sadness and even excitement. While there is certainly nothing wrong with this, it can sometimes serve to cloud a person's judgment, perhaps preventing them from seeing the big picture.

A divorce attorney can handle all matters while a person learns to adjust to their new reality, and also help them stay focused on what matters most.  

Those who would like to learn more about this issue or the divorce process in general should strongly consider speaking with an experienced legal professional.

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