Can I Handle My Divorce Without an Attorney?

We live in a very do-it-yourself era and many of us often try to cut costs where we can. While this is certainly doable in some areas, it is less practical and riskier when it comes to legal proceedings, such as a divorce. There are no rules anywhere stating that you must have an attorney, but it is not advisable to handle a divorce on your own. You might end up needing a legal professional to correct your mistakes later on, which will cost more time and money in the long run.

Here are some reasons why it is a bad idea to handle your divorce without skilled legal help:

  • Lack of knowledge: The fact is that you are probably not a family law attorney, which means you do not have any knowledge of the laws that are relevant to your case. Sure, you might be able to do a bit of research on the internet, but lawyers spend years honing their skills and even more time obtaining enough experience. You cannot hope to be as prepared as a divorce attorney is when it comes to handling your own divorce case, so leave it to a professional.
  • Divorce is emotional: It can be difficult to keep a level head and think clearly when it comes when there are so many emotions flying around in the divorce process. You need a professional on your side who will help you look at things objectively and advise you on making sound, fact-based decisions instead of emotional and impulsive ones.
  • You need to spend time with your children: Divorce is hard for both spouses involved, no matter who initiated it, but it is even harder for children. Handling a divorce on your own will take up a lot of your time, especially since you will end up spending long hours researching the steps that need to be taken. That means you will not have much time to spare when it comes to helping your children cope with the impact of this major life change. Letting an attorney take care of your divorce for you will allow you to have more time being there for your kids during this difficult experience.
  • Your spouse might have legal representation: Just because you’re choosing to cut corners on legal representation doesn’t mean your soon-to-be ex-spouse is. If your spouse has an attorney and you don’t, you will be at a serious disadvantage and will likely end up with a divorce settlement that is skewed in his or her favor. Keep the playing field leveled and hire a divorce attorney to represent you.

Divorcing without an attorney is a risky proposition, so do not cut corners where it matters.

Contact a Compassionate Divorce Attorney to Handle Your Case!

Are you getting divorced? Do not hesitate to obtain the skilled legal assistance of a divorce attorney. At Anne E. Raduns, PA, our team is committed to helping clients effectively navigate the divorce process while ensuring their interests are protected. You should not have to go through this difficult process on your own.

Contact our law office today at (352) 310-8235 to request a consultation with our divorce attorney and learn more about how we can assist you.