Pros and Cons of Involving a Lawyer in Your Divorce

Pros and Cons of Involving a Lawyer in Your DivorceDivorce is often a stressful and unhappy experience for both the partners and other members of the family. If not handled properly, financial, legal and emotional consequences of the process can impact the rest of your life. You and your partner should, therefore, take time to understand and interpret the laws correctly and consider all the aspects while making these important decisions. This is especially true when the divorce involves dependent children and property.

Recent statistics reveal that almost 50 percent of marriages in the United States end in a divorce. Most couples are at a loss during this time and do not know how to manage the situation. While some of them seek services of a divorce lawyer to guide them through the process, others decide to handle the situation themselves. As with any legal issue, there are pros and cons of hiring a divorce lawyer.

The Pros

Expert Guidance and Support — Divorce is a complex scenario that may involve child support and custody, distribution of debts and assets, and inheritance of property. An experienced legal expert can analyze your situation and offer advice accordingly. He will help interpret the state laws and explain how they apply in your case. The information will help you make crucial decisions and settle the issue amicably.

Clear Documentation — Your legal adviser will also help draft and file clear and binding documents that prevent complications during the divorce and in the future. Your decree will be free of unwanted errors and unclear clauses.

Avoid Delays and Mistakes — Simple errors in paperwork and other issues can delay your divorce by several months. Your divorce lawyer will help prevent unwanted delays and make sure every asset, bill and credit card is accounted for and distributed judiciously.

Reduced stress — When you know that an experienced divorce lawyer is representing your case, you do not have to worry about every small detail. You can continue to focus on your work and your life in general while the divorce is being finalized.

The Cons

The Cost — Some couples do not hire a divorce lawyer to avoid lawyer fees. While you may save some money, lack of professional help can lead to expensive delays and unfavorable settlements.

Sign of Aggression — Many people also consider hiring divorce lawyers as an act of aggression. Your family and estranged spouse may consider it a negative move and your chance of reconciliation may be completely lost.

Going through divorce without the help of an experienced lawyer may turn into a costly mistake. You may end up losing thousands of dollars due to simple mistakes in the paperwork or poor interpretation of state laws. Talk to a lawyer today to demystify the divorce process and complete it smoothly.

Written by Arnold Wadsworth Coggins

Arnold, Wadsworth & Coggins Attorneys is a premier Utah law firm serving the Wasatch Front in the areas of family law, bankruptcy, criminal law, and civil litigation. Our attorneys provide clients with exceptional legal representation and personal attention. With over 35 years of trial practice and litigation experience, we bring big firm expertise at affordable rates