Once you’ve decided to file for divorce, your next question may be “Should I hire an attorney?”
While this is certainly your right, remember that during a divorce, you’re going to make a lot of life-altering decisions that will affect your life and that of your children. If your divorce is complicated or contested, you definitely do not want to face the ordeal alone. Even during a straightforward, uncontested divorce, you will likely be experiencing a lot of strong emotions that impact your ability to think with your head and not your emotions. In any situation, without having an experienced professional to guide you through the laws and processes surrounding your divorce, how can you be sure that you won’t end up in a serious legal and financial predicament after your decree is finalized?
Here are four reasons why you should work with a divorce attorney rather than go the DIY route and represent yourself.
Your attorney will be familiar with Connecticut family law
Family law attorneys understand the legalities of the divorce process and create a compelling case for you when you’re seeking child support, alimony, and a fair division of assets. They have a thorough understanding of what their clients are entitled to under Connecticut law and how to protect their rights. Your attorney should be the one you will trust to keep your goals and visions for the futures of your children and yourself at the forefront of planning the steps you will take and the decisions you will make throughout the entire process.
Your divorce will be handled in a timely and efficient manner
Going through this process on your own runs the risk of establishing terms that a family court judge will later reject as incompatible with the law. If this happens, you will be forced to restart completely; costing you time, money and aggravation. A Connecticut family law attorney will explain all legally-sound options, help you put together a reasonable settlement offer, and will advise you of when a counter offer is worth accepting so that you can sleep at night knowing you have made wise decisions.
You need objective advice at this emotional time
Even when you know that divorce is the right decision, you’re going to feel emotional. In fact, you might swing from sadness to anger to resignation and back several times a day. With so many thoughts and feelings running through your mind, it will be difficult to be 100% objective about your case. A compassionate yet objective family law attorney will help you achieve a fair resolution for everyone involved and can even provide access to professionals trained to help you deal with your emotions in a constructive and positive manner.
At Freed Marcroft, we will take the time to listen to your goals, needs and concerns, explain your options, and develop a strategy that can turn your vision of the future into reality. To take those first steps toward the next chapter of your life, contact us today.