Any family law attorney will tell you that one of the most common questions they are asked is, “Can I get divorced without an attorney?” The answer to this question is that you might be able to get divorced without an attorney in certain situations, but it is almost never a good idea to do so. The areas of divorce and domestic relations law are filled with potential pitfalls. Attempting to pursue this type of case without an attorney is likely to ultimately result in more expense and headaches for you.
In the age of the internet, many people believe that they can save money in a divorce by foregoing an attorney in lieu of downloadable, “fill-in-the-blank” type forms. However, these forms are not designed with your case in mind and often lack “blanks” for very important factors in your case. In many situations, people end up spending far more money attempting to fix the issues that were missed or done incorrectly than they would have spent to hire an attorney in the first place. Even more concerning is that these mistakes often cannot be fixed and people are forced to live with major problems in areas as important as custody of children, child support and alimony, or division of assets.
Additionally, many people overestimate how much it costs to hire an attorney for their divorce. While divorce can be an expensive endeavor in some situations, most attorneys offer drastically reduced rates for “uncontested” divorces. An “uncontested” divorce is one where the parties already have an agreement and one party needs to hire an attorney to formalize that agreement and ensure that everything is done correctly. In many situations, these types of divorces are much more affordable than people expect.
Regardless of your situation, divorce is always a difficult and emotional decision and it can be tempting to opt for what may seem like the easier choice during a stressful time. Our office offers reasonably priced divorce and family law consultations designed to explore your legal and financial options. To ensure that your legal rights and interests are protected, please contact our office at (912)764-9055 to schedule a consultation with an experienced family law attorney.
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