DO I NEED A LAWYER FOR AN UNCONTESTED DIVORCE?
Why You Might Need a Lawyer for an Uncontested Divorce
- Making sure your rights are protected. It is crucial that you understand all your rights in a divorce because failing to understand those rights could mean you end up with an unfair division of property, too much debt, paying too much in child support, or not getting enough child support.
- Your uncontested divorce could turn contentious. Unfortunately, divorces often start out amicable but turn adversarial in short order. If you are operating on the assumption that your divorce will not involve any disputed issues you could find yourself in a difficult position – and without proper legal advice — should your spouse suddenly refuse to agree to something.
- Language in a divorce can make a huge difference. Most parties in a divorce are not lawyers and have no reason to be familiar with legal terminology. Representing yourself in a divorce, without that knowledge, can be problematic because the presence or absence of a single word can make a big difference in a legal document.
- Divorce is an emotional process. Even if you and your spouse both agree that divorce is the right choice, divorce is highly emotional in nature. It is difficult to think rationally when you are dealing with strong emotions. That may mean you rush through the process and fail to protect your rights and your long-term needs – or those of your children.