You wouldn’t attempt to climb Mount Everest without the help of a Sherpa guide, and you shouldn’t attempt to conquer your divorce without the help of an attorney! While going through a divorce isn’t physically challenging in the same way that trekking up a mountain is, it is a climb, legally and emotionally speaking.
In this blog, we’ll dive into six compelling reasons why it’s necessary for you to get professional help with your divorce if you want to ensure a fair and smooth process (even if you and your spouse are on good terms). A divorce attorney plays a vital role that goes beyond mere assistance with the paperwork!
- A Divorce Lawyer Will Have Have Legal Experience & Knowledge That You Don’t
The number one reason you should hire a divorce lawyer is because they have legal experience and knowledge that can give you an important advantage when it comes to reaching the best possible outcome in your divorce case.
Divorce involves many legal procedures; an experienced attorney can ensure those are not overlooked. In the midst of the emotional turmoil you may be experiencing, you might not pay attention to little details that have the potential to delay a resolution or cost you financially in the long run. A knowledgeable divorce attorney will pay attention to the big picture and small details at the same time so nothing slips through the cracks! They can handle the legal aspects of your case while you focus on what’s going on at home.
- They Can Help With Objective Decision Making
Assistance with objective decision making is the second reason you need professional help with your divorce. When you decide it’s time to part ways with someone you intended to spend your life with, there are several important decisions that have to be made (and in a timely fashion, if you’d like to avoid unnecessary delays and move forward with your life). From the division of your assets, debts, and property, to creating a custody arrangement and plan for alimony, there are many things to check off your divorce “to-do list.” However, because divorce is such an emotional and sensitive matter, you’re likely struggling to process the end of your marriage as is, much less make arrangements for all of the things you once shared and now have to divide.
Depending on whether or not you and your spouse are prepared to divorce amicably, you may have a hard time making such decisions objectively. A divorce attorney can help you separate your feelings from the facts of your case so that you can make informed decisions with a sound mind. After all, these decisions will impact your life for years to come.
- They Can Offer Emotional Support
As previously mentioned, divorce is a sensitive matter. It’s understandable to grapple with a myriad of emotions during this time. This is where the emotional support of a divorce lawyer can become invaluable. Many divorce attorneys recognize the mental and emotional toll divorce can take on couples; their ability to provide compassionate guidance when it comes to the emotionally charged aspects of your case that are especially hard to handle is invaluable. Having representation to support you can make the divorce process much more peaceful.
- They Can Offer Financial Guidance
Because money is one of the leading causes of marriages ending in America, it’s usually a key point of controversy in the divorce process. A divorce attorney can help you understand the financial implications divorce can have on your life, and explain your options for securing your financial future. This may include dividing assets and debt in a certain way, negotiating a favorable amount of alimony owed by your spouse, or challenging how much alimony you owe yourself. They may also be able to refer you to a financial advisor who can assist with managing your assets and liabilities.
- They Can Help With Child Custody & Support
When you and your spouse share children together, creating a well-thought-out custody arrangement during divorce is of the utmost importance. However, because child custody is a highly sensitive matter that piggy-backs other divorce issues, it’s easy to lose sight of the forest for the trees, so to speak. You need a lawyer who can help you keep the big picture (your relationship with your child) in mind! It’s also imperative to remember how your divorce is affecting your children currently. Unfortunately, many children believe themselves to be the cause for a split between their parents, which can have negative impacts on their mental and emotional well-being. A divorce attorney can assist you in separating your emotions towards your soon-to-be ex-spouse from those directed at your children, ensuring that any tension or conflict is minimized. They will also take the time to understand your family dynamics so that they can create a custody arrangement that is in the best interest of your children’s future.
- They Can Mitigate Conflict
You are likely familiar with the notion that divorce consists only of fighting, courtroom battles, and contentious disagreements. While it is true that many divorces can be categorized as contentious, that isn’t the case for every couple. There are some who are determined to divorce amicably. However, that doesn’t eliminate the risk of conflict altogether. That’s where the assistance of a divorce attorney can prove to be priceless. Even for couples who are on the best of terms, the complexities of asset and property division, custody arrangements, and other legal processes can bring up unforeseen emotions and arguments. A divorce attorney can help you mediate or negotiate the terms of your divorce so that you can work collaboratively on an outcome that is ideal for you and your spouse.
How Equal Justice Law Group Can Help You
If you have made the difficult decision to file for divorce, the seasoned divorce lawyers at Equal Justice Law Group can guide you through the complex legal process while advocating for your ideal outcome. We understand how sensitive divorce matters can be, and we care about your future. You can trust that we will work tirelessly to protect your rights and make this life transition as smooth as possible. Don’t risk compromising or delaying your case by foregoing professional guidance. Call Equal Justice Law Group today to schedule a free consultation where we can explain your options and next steps.