Do I Need an Attorney for a Divorce?

Some folks might think they’d be better off without an attorney for their divorce, but working independently might do more harm than good. If your divorce seems straightforward or simple, you may be tempted to avoid working with an attorney to save a quick buck, but the fact is, an attorney can actually do more to preserve your assets in the long run.

The divorce process is complex, especially for high-asset couples, or for individuals with children, or those who’ve been married for an extended period of time. A divorce is, in essence, the separation of two lives that were intertwined in marriage, and that disentanglement can be messy and challenging. An experienced attorney can provide you with valuable insight into the legal process, helping you navigate each step until your divorce is finalized.

If you’re wondering whether or not you need an attorney for your divorce, consider the following:

  • An attorney can help simplify the legal process.

For most couples, the divorce process will include several meetings, court dates, perhaps mediation, and specific deadlines for court paperwork and crucial divorce documents. By working with an attorney, you turn over a majority of those responsibilities, so you can rest easy knowing you’re taken care of. An experienced attorney can also provide you with guidance, insight, and can answer your questions as they arise. Without legal counsel, you’ll be left to comb the internet for information that may or may not be applicable to your particular case.

  • Working with an attorney can help protect your assets & interests.

Most people who are interested in avoiding a divorce attorney do so because of the cost. However, representing your own case in a divorce might actually cost you more in the long run.

Your divorce attorney’s sole objective is to protect your interests. If you try to go at it alone, you’ll be left trying to research legal strategies that could help you preserve your home, finances, properties, and other specific interests. However, because you aren’t a legal professional, you’ll already be at a disadvantage, which could put your interests at risk.

Without an attorney, your spouse might be able to hide assets from the court, or they might be awarded more property or funds if they have better legal representation. Also, if you have a child and need to negotiate child custody, the time you have with your child could also be in jeopardy.

  • Your divorce could pass by more quickly with the help of an attorney.

With an attorney at your side, you might be able to speed through the divorce process with more ease. Simply put, a divorce attorney has a greater understanding of the legal process, and they understand what can be done to make the process move along more quickly. While some factors might be out of your attorney’s control, their experience can help avoid certain roadblocks and speed bumps.

Our Firm Can Help

Are you interested in working with an experienced divorce attorney? Our firm can help. We’re dedicated to the well-being of our clients, and we know how to use our experience and skills to represent their best interests in and out of court. If you need legal help with your upcoming divorce, we’re here for you.

Call (518) 240-9992 today to get in touch with our divorce attorneys at O'Brien & Wood PLLC.