Many people are reluctant to seek a divorce because they fear the expense of a divorce attorney, or if they do seek divorce, they choose to do so alone rather than with experienced guidance. The law is a complicated system, and even seemingly simple divorces can involve legal pitfalls. Having a skilled divorce attorney on his or her side can help a person have access to experienced investigators, can provide support and reduce stress during the process, and can even help the odds if the other spouse has already hired a divorce attorney to represent him or her.
One of the most difficult parts of the divorce process is bringing together all the information necessary to complete the process. Dividing up the property requires a full, coherent accounting of all the couple's finances, along with an investigation to make sure that the other spouse is not attempting to improperly conceal assets. Child custody disputes are all about developing a custody arrangement that is in the best interest of the child, and the more information there is available to do that, the better off the child will be. Oftentimes, people are tempted to do their own investigation into their spouses, such as snooping through their emails. However, people performing their own investigations run the risk of running afoul of privacy laws. Divorce attorneys are experienced at using legal methods of investigation and the discovery process to ensure that all the necessary information comes out during the divorce process.
A divorce attorney can also provide general support and advice throughout the process. Divorce can often be a stressful experience, and having a legal team can help take much of the work off the divorcing spouses’ plates. For instance, lawyers are skilled in negotiations, a task that many people dread, but one that is key to a successful divorce process. Allowing both sides’ lawyers to undertake the bulk of negotiations, with direction from the clients on what is or is not acceptable, can make the process easier than simply having the two spouses sit down across the table from each other alone. Additionally, divorce attorneys have experience dealing with the court system, and can provide useful advice on how best to achieve a person's goals, and how realistic any outcome is.
Evening The Odds
Divorce attorneys are also helpful at evening the odds in the event that the other spouse hires one. Divorce attorneys see case after case, and learn strategies from every experience. Going alone against someone who has the support of a divorce lawyer who understands the system can be a recipe for a one-sided divorce arrangement.
If you are considering a divorce and would like to hear more about what a lawyer can do for you, contact an experienced Wheaton divorce attorney
today. Our firm's dedicated professionals can help explain the divorce process to you, and advise you on this difficult decision.