In today’s world of online help and how-to videos, some people insist on trying to do everything themselves. They learn how to fix their cars, prepare gourmet meals, and even how to identify and treat minor illnesses. While a do-it-yourself approach can be cost-effective in many situations, there are some circumstances in which avoiding the expense of professional assistance may actually cost you dearly in the long term. Beyond the finances, however, there are a number of other reasons that every divorce should include, at the very least, a consultation with a qualified attorney.
Organization and Control
You may have a pretty good idea of the various considerations inherent to the divorce process, and they seem simple enough: divide the property, make arrangements for the children, decide upon spousal maintenance and child support, file the petition, and wait for the court. But, do you really understand each of the steps involved with every one of the listed elements of divorce, and in what order they should be completed? A lawyer, however, has handled dozens, if not hundreds or more, divorce cases and can assist you in preparing an organized approach. He or she can help you properly evaluate your marital property, for example, ensuring that neither you nor your spouse are unduly burdened by tax consequences down the road.
Handling Paperwork and Meeting Deadlines
During your divorce, you will be responsible for filing a large number of documents along the way, including petitions, responses, motions, and requests for records. Keeping track of all of them and their associated deadlines can be a nightmare, especially if you work full-time and have parenting responsibilities. A divorce attorney, on the other hand, will have developed a system for ensuring the proper documents are completed on time, and, in most cases, require just a signature from you before they are filed with the court. Accuracy is also paramount in the process, because if your paperwork includes mistakes, the court could end up basing a decision on inaccurate information. There is no telling exactly how costly a single mistake could be, but is it worth the risk?
While many individuals who skip legal counsel in divorce do so for financial reasons, there is a prevailing notion that a divorce attorney is only necessary if the divorce is contentious. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, hiring the right lawyer can even prevent a divorce from deteriorating into contentiousness and acrimony. Your lawyer, especially if he or she has many years of experience, can guide you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse toward imaginative, equitable resolutions that the two of you alone would have never considered. Drawing upon suggestions that may have worked in previous cases, your attorney can be an invaluable resource, even when there is no significant dispute in your divorce.
If you are considering a divorce and are still unsure about hiring a lawyer, call our office for a free, no-obligation consultation. The experienced Kane County divorce attorneys at Bochte, Kuzniar & Navigato, P.C., are ready to offer you their insight and knowledge of the law. Schedule an appointment by calling 630-377-7770 today and learn about the ways in which our team can help you.