If you've tried everything to save your marriage – but nothing has worked – it might be time to bring in a divorce attorney. If you don't think you need a divorce attorney – or you don't think you can afford one – you might want to reconsider. Here are three reasons why hiring a divorce attorney is a good idea.
Your Spouse May Get Violent
If there is even a slight possibility that your spouse may get violent once you file for divorce, you need to have an attorney on your side. According to studies, divorce can trigger the occurrence of violent outbursts. An attorney can help you receive the services you need if your spouse becomes violent – such as temporary shelter and emergency protection orders.
You Have Minor Children
If you have children, you need to have attorney representation during the divorce, especially if you and your spouse can't agree on custody, visitation or support payments. Trying to negotiate custody arrangements when you don't have proper legal representation can be a costly mistake. This is particularly true if you're not familiar with the custody laws in your state. Protect your rights and the rights of your children by obtaining legal representation before you file for divorce.
Your Spouse Hired an Attorney
If your spouse has already obtained legal counsel, you're going to need to hire an attorney of your own, especially if you think the case might end up in court. Going to court against an attorney when you have no representation yourself can be a costly mistake. Make sure you're on equal footing when you go to court by hiring an attorney to represent you.
You've Stopped Communicating
If you and your spouse have stopped communicating with each other, you're going to need an attorney. You and your spouse are going to need to discuss issues such as spousal support, division of assets and debts, and other important issues relating to your divorce. If you're not communicating with each other, you'll need someone to do it for you. Hiring an attorney will ensure that your wishes are heard throughout the proceedings. An attorney will also help ensure that the divorce doesn't fall apart just because the lines of communication do.
If you're considering a divorce, you shouldn't go it alone. The information provided here will help you understand why you need an experienced family law attorney on your side when you file for divorce. For more information, contact a local law firm like Baudler, Maus, Forman, Kritzer & Wagner, LLP.