If you are about to get a divorce, the last thing that you want to do is handle it on your own. An attorney understands the law and will make sure that you don’t say or do anything that could jeopardize your case. Although an attorney may seem expensive, it will be worth it when your case is settled in a timely manner and an in accordance with the law.
Your Attorney Has Access to Other Experts
In cases involving spouses who may be hiding assets, it may be a good idea to talk to a forensic accountant who will be able to examine that person’s financial records. Your attorney will most likely know someone who can do the job or teach you how to find someone to fulfill that role.
In some cases, your attorney may be able to use tactics that can help you get copies of investment statements, bank statements or tax documents to prove his or her true income and net worth. Furthermore, legal counsel may be able to find expert witnesses that can help you establish that having parental rights would be in the best interest of your child or that you have a right to spousal support based on the facts in the case.
Your Attorney Will Provide Objective Advice
Divorce is an extremely emotional process, and your main goal may be to win the divorce. However, trying to win the divorce could be a costly process. In some cases, you may spend $1,000 to win an extra $50 a month in child support or a few extra dollars in spousal support per month. A good attorney will tell you what you can expect to win in your case to make sure that each dollar spent on legal fees will get the maximum return on investment.
Your Attorney Will Help You Gain or Retain Parental Rights
Most parents believe that they alone know what is best for their children. This may result in custodial parents trying to bar the noncustodial parent from seeing his or her children. An attorney can file motions to make sure that both parents get to see and make decisions about their children if they are fit to do so. In most states, the law presumes that both parents should have equal right to be in their child’s life. Without an attorney, an individual may give up those rights unnecessarily.
Although it may seem easier and less expensive to avoid a divorce lawyer, that is generally not the case. You can usually talk to your lawyer about a payment plan or ask your spouse to pay your legal fees as part of the divorce settlement.