The Hidden Costs of DIY Divorce
While many people today try to save money by doing a task themselves, divorce is one of those tasks that should be handled by professionals. Divorce can be expensive, but this attempt at saving money could end up costing more than one may realize.
There is no legal requirement to have an attorney when you get a divorce, but here are several reasons why the risks of a DIY divorce far outweigh the benefits.
Complex Divorce Issues
Divorce is filled with complexities ranging from child custody to child support to property division. Each of these divorce issues brings its own unique set of challenges and intricacies that must be overcome, and it is common to feel a great deal of stress while trying to navigate through them. While that stress can be lessened with the help of a divorce attorney, attempting to handle these issues on your own only multiplies the stress you may feel.
In addition, each of these issues is accompanied by its own set of state laws and guidelines. It can be challenging to try and understand the laws surrounding these divorce matters without the assistance of a legal expert with the knowledge needed to make wise decisions.
While you and your spouse may have had similar thinking on how to handle child custody or asset division at the time of your decision to handle your divorce on your own, your thinking or what your spouse is thinking may change over time. For example, you could suddenly be faced with a spouse who wants to pursue a different custody option than what you initially thought—if this is the case, then how should you proceed?
Attempting to navigate your own divorce in situations such as this can lead to both increased stress and the risk of poor decision-making. To avoid this, it is highly recommended that you work with an attorney in the event something like this happens.
As mentioned, divorce can be complex, and with those complexities can come a great deal of stress. Trying to balance your divorce with your other everyday obligations can only add to the weight of your emotions, especially if you go into your divorce with minimal knowledge of the process. Having a divorce attorney by your side can relieve the pressure; they can handle the legal matters and guide you on how to proceed as you work through your personal matters.
The Potential of a Higher Financial Cost
While it might seem as if you are saving money by not hiring an attorney to work with you on your divorce, a lack of an attorney can actually lead to higher costs. If you have difficulty filling out the necessary paperwork or are unable to negotiate a settlement with your spouse and their attorney, you could end up dragging out the process, which can lead to an increased financial burden.
In addition, the potential of making a mistake in asset disclosure could lead to issues in property division. If you fail to account for all assets, even by accident, you could walk away from the divorce with less than what you hoped. Having a divorce attorney review your assets with you can better ensure a fair settlement agreement.
Lack of Expertise
Many regular attempts at DIY projects around the home are often made without having any expertise in that area, and while you may be able to get away with a home project without fully understanding what you are doing, divorce is not one of the things you can simply pick up and attempt. Divorce law is multifaceted, and trying to navigate the laws successfully on your own can be near impossible.
A divorce attorney, on the other hand, understands the laws surrounding divorce and is better equipped to both inform you of what your legal options are and guide you on how best to proceed each step of the way.
Working With a Divorce Attorney
Attempting to DIY your divorce is filled with risks that greatly outnumber the potential benefits of savings. It would be far more beneficial (not to mention wiser) to work with a divorce attorney who understands the divorce process. At Statt Law, our team is prepared to guide you throughout each step of the process and advise you on how best to proceed.
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