3 Reasons You Should Use an Attorney During Your Divorce
If my spouse and I agree on getting a divorce, do we still need an attorney?
It depends! If you and your spouse know how to navigate the court system and understand the legal ramifications of your agreement, you may not need an attorney. I always recommended that you seek legal counsel even if your divorce will be an uncontested divorce.
- Your case may not be finalized.
Imagine finding out years later that you are still married despite having filed all the required documents for an uncontested divorce. Self-represented parties are required to adhere to the same standards as an attorney; therefore, the Court is unable to provide guidance or instructions with finalizing your divorce. You are responsible for knowing how to submit all the required documents as well as schedule your case for a final hearing. We assist you with finalizing your divorce as soon as possible.
- Not all divorces are created equal.
The forms provided by the court are fillable forms. You may feel the need to conform to the parameters set by those forms. For example, if you have children under the age of 18 years old and you need to complete a Parenting Plan, your timesharing schedule may not consist of exercising timesharing every other weekend because you or your spouse may have a rotating work schedule (i.e. 4 days on/3 days off). Many times, self-represented parties do not specify what terms actually work for their families. We draft our own forms and agreements, pursuant to Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Forms, to create specific terms that you and your spouse agree to. Specificity within your documents lessens the need for future litigation.
- You get what you pay for.
Free is not always the correct option. Parties at times have the misconception that attorneys are too expensive. After all, how hard can it be if the court offers the fillable forms, right? Wrong! Even if you get past the submissions, final hearing, and your divorce is finalized, often times parties are seeking our assistance to modify the agreement or enforce a vague term in their agreement. It may be too late after the divorce is granted to make any changes to your agreements. Our firm is creative in offering legal assistance within your budget.
I know that a divorce can be emotional and overwhelming and it’s normal to feel that way. If you have any questions about how to proceed with a divorce, I would be more than happy to help. Please give me a call!