If you have a simple divorce, you might not need to hire an attorney to work out the details, especially if you and your spouse are able to communicate throughout the process. However, if there are sticking points that can cause problems, you need to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. Working without an attorney can turn your divorce into a nightmare. If you're not sure what type of situations require the assistance of an attorney, take a look at the list below. If any — or all — of these situations apply to your particular divorce case, it's time to hire an attorney.
Your Spouse is Manipulative
If your spouse has been manipulative throughout your divorce and they know how to push your buttons, you can't afford to work without an attorney, especially if the manipulation has included any form of abuse. First, your spouse may use manipulation to get you to agree to divorce terms that aren't in your best interest. Second, if your spouse has been abusive during the marriage, the violence may escalate now that you've filed for divorce.
Your Divorce is Contested
If you're headed for divorce, but the case is contested, you need to hire an attorney. Contested divorces can be quite lengthy, and can get messy. Not only that but contested divorces usually require a court trial, which can be confusing, especially if you don't understand the US court system. If your divorce is contested — by either party — don't proceed with your case until you have an attorney in your corner.
Your Case Requires Evidence
If your divorce is going to require evidence, such as bank records or financial documents, don't try to handle the proceedings on your own. Evidence can be difficult to come by, especially if it needs to be searched for. Unfortunately, your spouse may not be willing to hand over the evidence you need for your portion of the case, which means you'll need an attorney to help you locate the documentation you need for your divorce.
Your Spouse Hired a Lawyer
If your spouse has suddenly hired an attorney, now's the time to hire one for yourself. When one party to a divorce hires an attorney, and leaves the other without counsel, the represented party gains an unfair advantage. The last thing you want is to be at a legal disadvantage during your divorce. You can avoid that by hiring a divorce attorney as soon as possible.
For more information, contact a law group like Souders Law Group.Share