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DIY Divorce Versus Experienced Legal Representation

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With all of the do-it-yourself (DIY) divorce guides online, it is no wonder that interest in legal self-representation is increasing. Although a DIY divorce could be effective in some cases, it is often best to retain an attorney who focuses on family law to represent you

Many assume that mediation, one of the alternative ways in which to pursue the divorce process, and other methods for the divorce process do not require an attorney. However, you may wish to hire a lawyer if your divorce case is more complex or requires eventual litigation. In addition, an attorney can help you address your distinct concerns and rights.

Why You Might Want to Appoint a Divorce Attorney

Regardless of whether or not you are going through a divorce process, there are several reasons to seek an attorney for your divorce case:

1. Correct legal advice. With countless resources online, it can be difficult to ascertain which sources are credible and factual. Representing yourself based on incorrect legal information may cost you potential assets in an award. You will not receive any special treatment or consideration in court because of your lack of legal training, so tread carefully.

2. Stress and energy. Representing yourself in court will take time and energy. It can take days to go through the resources to obtain the correct information you need to best represent yourself legally. If you work and have children, you may not have the time to complete the hefty paperwork that is required for a divorce filing. Going through a divorce already takes an emotional toll on oneself, and adding the additional stress of pursuing a DIY divorce can further deteriorate one’s mental health. Take this time to take care of yourself, your family, and your finances.

3. Mediation. Even if you are going through divorce mediation, an attorney can prove to be essential. A lawyer can be your go-to person for legal advice. Your attorney can also be the legal advisor who solely represents your interests, so you can ensure that you are not being taken advantage of by your spouse when working to divide property and assets between the both of you.

4. Delays in the court ruling. Divorce attorneys understand what paperwork and documents are needed to file for a divorce. If you unintentionally list incorrect information, the court ruling on your divorce could be pushed back. Your court ruling could also be pushed back if you fail to provide certain documents.

Schaumburg Divorce Attorneys

Our divorce attorneys at Anderson & Associates, P.C. provide mediation and, when needed, courtroom litigation in resolving divorce disputes. Contact our skilled Schaumburg divorce attorneys at Anderson & Associates, P.C. for your free initial consultation today.

Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-centeno/5-reasons-that-you-need-a_b_3937368.html

http://www.jstor.org.proxy.elmhurst.edu/stable/pdf/25806337.pdf

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