Your divorce may be a very personal event. While you may find comfort in talking to friends about the emotional upheaval you are going through, chances are you want the final discussions and decisions to involve as few people as possible. This may be one reason why you are reluctant to contact an attorney to guide you through the process.
It is true that hiring an attorney means having more people participating in your divorce as well as costing you money when you already have concerns about your finances. However, there are some important benefits to having legal counsel during this most difficult time.
It’s not easy to face divorce alone
You have probably confided in certain people because you know they will give you emotional support and take your side. This may be especially important to you if most interactions with your spouse are confrontational. However, at a time when you have many things on the line, emotional support may not be enough. Your own emotions may be clouding your ability to make decisions for the long run, and a compassionate and objective attorney can both understand your feelings and direct you in making the most practical and advantageous decisions.
Other ways an attorney can benefit you during your divorce include the following:
- An attorney will provide an accurate and timely court filing of necessary paperwork.
- Your attorney’s familiarity with local courts, attorneys and judges will relieve you of having to figure these things out for yourself.
- A California family law attorney will have knowledge of state divorce laws and be current on recent changes.
- Having an attorney with skills at negotiating improves your chances of obtaining the best possible settlement.
- An experienced attorney will have access to resources to assist you if your divorce includes complications such as hidden assets or domestic violence.
Perhaps the most attractive advantage to having an attorney by your side throughout the process is being able to release many stressful details into the hands of someone with experience. You will not have to worry about missing deadlines or whether your spouse is violating your rights with a legal professional who is looking out for your best interests.
You still may not be ready to turn your divorce over to the first attorney you meet, so it is wise to interview several until you find one who fits your personality and appreciates your goals.