When you marry someone, you don’t go into it thinking someday you will get divorced, but, unfortunately, it’s something that happens to a lot of couples. Nearly half of first marriages end in divorce and about 60% of second marriages do as well. If you find your marriage hitting the rocks and fear divorce is on the horizon, you need to set up an appointment to speak to a divorce attorney.
Divorce law is complex, so even if you and your spouse are divorcing on good terms and you don’t have a lot of assets to divide, it is still a good idea to seek the advice of a divorce attorney. People often are at their worst when faced with a situation such as divorce, so it is a good idea to protect yourself and your own interests.
If the divorce is acrimonious or if there are significant assets involved, then a divorce attorney is a necessary. Without an attorney, you could get shortchanged on the division of assets as well as whether there is alimony or palimony, the amount to be paid and for how long.
Divorce lawyers also are a necessity when there are children involved in the divorce, and that is a large number. Approximately 1.5 million children are affected by divorce every year, and custody issues can turn what might otherwise be a fairly easy divorce and turn it into a difficult one. Having a lawyer experienced in family law is important when it comes to custody issues. A family law lawyer can help ensure that you get the level of custody to which you are entitled. A divorce attorney also can help you with negotiating child support. About 80% of mothers get some level of child support while only about 30% of fathers do. Working with an attorney will improve the odds that you get support if you are entitled to it.
Going through a divorce is an emotional process, but it also is a legal one, and you have to “divorce” yourself from your feelings. Even if you still have positive feelings about your spouse, you can’t let them get in the way of maximizing your divorce settlement.