Whenever a couple gets married they never anticipate ending up getting a divorce. Unfortunately, divorce has become more and more common in today’s society, where there is less of a stigma attached to it. Nevertheless, it is always a difficult and emotional journey. It is also, for most people, a venture into the unknown. For these reasons, you should strongly consider hiring a divorce attorney to help you through the process. If you are skeptical, consider this: even attorneys themselves hire other attorneys to help them through their own divorces.
The biggest advantage to hiring a divorce attorney to handle your divorce is the expertise that he/she has in this field. Divorce attorneys have specialized expertise in the field of family law, which is completely different than other types of law with specialized courts to hear these types of cases. They can advise and educate you on the ins and outs of family law, how it will impact you and the best course of action in your particular situation. They can easily and quickly draft all of the necessary paperwork involved in filing for divorce. If there are children from the marriage, it is even more important to use a divorce attorney, as there are even more requirements and paperwork that comes with custody issues.
Another advantage to using an attorney to handle your divorce is their objectivity and lack of emotional attachment to the situation. Your divorce attorney will certainly care about you and look out for your best interests, but they will not have that emotional aspect that is ever-present between divorcing couples. Again, when children are involved, the emotions are even higher and raw, so having someone who is objective can help make sure that your and your children’s best interests are being served. It is also good to have someone to help you understand the process and how it works and keeps you grounded during the process.
Efficiency is yet another reason to hire a divorce attorney. Using an attorney to handle your divorce will make the process run a lot more smoothly and be completed more quickly. This is for many reasons. First, and as mentioned above, your attorney’s expertise will ensure that the paperwork is done properly the first time. Plus your attorney will know exactly which courthouse is the proper one for the filing of your divorce papers and how to work it through the system. Being in this specialized field, your attorney will also be very familiar with the family court judges and other family law attorneys who may be representing your soon-to-be-ex-spouse.
That familiarity breeds a more cooperating working relationship, which helps move the process along as well. Furthermore, if you were handling the matter without a divorce attorney, there is a higher probability that emotions would get in the way and end up impeding the process and making it drag on much longer as each and every issue, big and small, becomes an emotional struggle and battle. Since you will have an objective person handling the matter for you instead, this will not become an issue.
Hiring a divorce attorney to handle your divorce is truly the wisest decision to make in what is one of the most difficult and emotional journey in one’s life. You can be very hands-on to help eliminate some of the cost, but if you strive to make your divorce as amicable as possible, you will also be helping keep your attorney’s fees down. Putting your trust in a divorce attorney and hiring one to handle your divorce will be the first decision, and the best one, you will make in a long line of choices that will follow once you have decided that you will be seeking a divorce.