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Why Shouldn't I Handle My Divorce on My Own?

Why Shouldn't I Handle My Divorce on My Own?

Many websites and books claim that you can complete a divorce on your own without the need for legal help. While it is indeed possible for a couple to complete the process of divorce on their own, doing so is extremely unlikely as it requires a considerable level of cooperation between spouses and an intimate knowledge of divorce law. Given the emotionally charged nature of issues such as child custody and alimony, it is extremely rare for couples to agree on every aspect of their separation without legal guidance. Since many decisions during divorce can affect you for the rest of your life, it is vital that these decisions are made with the assistance of a skilled lawyer.

The following reasons explain why you should not approach a divorce on your own:

1. Emotions: While both you and your spouse may agree that divorce is the way to go, it can be extremely difficult to set aside your emotions and think clearly during this time. Emotions can impair thinking and greatly inhibit a couple’s ability to communicate and cooperate. An attorney can provide unbiased guidance to help you and your spouse collaborate towards a mutually acceptable arrangement.

2. Finances: Without the assistance of an attorney, you may lose out on certain marital assets that you would otherwise be entitled to receive. It is not uncommon for spouses to attempt to hide asset from each other during the divorce process. A lawyer can examine your financial arrangement with a fine-toothed comb and ensure you are getting a fair share of your marital assets.

3. Children: Protecting your children is likely your top priority during a divorce. A lawyer can defend their wellbeing and help you secure an arrangement that is in the child’s best interests. This is especially important if your spouse exhibits abusive tendencies and you are fearful for your children’s wellbeing.

4. Mistakes: Making mistakes can be costly in many ways. While clerical errors can delay your divorce, mistakes such as underestimating assets or forgetting certain paperwork can harm your case and potentially expose you to serious consequences. Making mistakes can also test a judge’s patience, which is never a good thing. An attorney can ensure all necessary paperwork is filed on time and accurately completed, saving you the trouble of potential mishaps.

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If you are looking to dissolve your marriage, a Hamden divorce attorney from Goldblatt, Marquette & Rashba, P.C. can represent your interests and help you pursue an amicable resolution to your divorce. Having earned an AV® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® for our unparalleled ethics and skills, your case is sure to be in excellent hands.

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