If you are getting a divorce, it is essential that both you and your spouse you both consider hiring a lawyer.
Divorce can be an emotionally and financially devastating process, but having a qualified attorney to represent you can make that process easier.
Many people who are considering a divorce believe that spending money on a lawyer is a bad idea. After all, divorce is already a costly endeavor, and you may be concerned about adding in attorney’s fees on top of the other costs, such as alimony or child support. In reality, however, divorce lawyers do not need to be expensive and hiring a lawyer can make the divorce process much simpler and easier.
There are many reasons why having a divorce lawyer is essential during a divorce including:
Helps in protecting your legal right to marital property.
Ankin is an equitable distribution state, so the property isn’t simply split 50-50. Instead, the property is divided based on what is “equitable or fair,” which doesn’t necessarily mean it is divided equally. To determine what is equitable, it is good that you consider the length of the marriage and each party’s contribution (financial and otherwise) to the marriage. A divorce attorney will help you to determine what you are entitled to so you can make sure you do not give up any of your legal rights.
Determining child custody.
Whenever possible, the courts prefer that parents decide on their own how custody will be divided. This makes sense because parents are in the best position to know what’s right for their children and their family. When parents are unable to decide custody on their own or with the help of a mediator, the court will make a decision based on the best interests of the child. The divorce attorney can explain the different types of custody arrangements, including joint custody, primary custody, and sole custody, and can help make sure you have access to your children that you are looking for after the divorce.
Keeping emotions in check
Divorce is much less expensive when it is uncontested and when you and your spouse can divide up property and decide on marital issues outside of court. Agreeing with someone who you are divorcing can be a major challenge as it is likely you aren’t getting along very well. A lawyer can help you to keep focused on the big picture and to make decisions with your head, rather than your heart. This will increase the chances of actually being able to come up with an agreement and not having to litigate issues in court.
Completing the divorce process correctly
There are different forms and legal requirements in different jurisdictions. Your divorce lawyer will help make sure you complete all legal needs so you can get your divorce as quickly as possible without problems or delays. Ankin Law Office can help here.
For these and many other reasons, working with a divorce lawyer is essential to making the divorce go as smoothly as possible.