15 Mar 2016

The Dangers of DIY Divorce

If you are considering a divorce, you may worry about how much it’s going to cost. In fact, many people delay beginning the divorce process because they assume they can’t afford it. When you are contemplating starting a new life on your own after marriage, the prospect of spending thousands on a divorce can seem overwhelming. You may have even heard a friend, relative, or co-worker tell horror stories of how divorce emptied their bank account.

The sticker shock associated with hiring a divorce lawyer has led many people to attempt a do-it-yourself divorce. Unfortunately, this approach can lead to disastrous results that can haunt you for years. Here are some of the dangers of attempting to navigate the divorce process without an experienced lawyer on your side.

Internet Forms Miss Important Points

There are many websites that promise to deliver an “easy” divorce for a very low fee. What these websites usually fail to disclose is that there is no attorney behind the forms the site offers. You are really just purchasing boilerplate documents that don’t take into account the specific details and nuances in your case. In some situations, courts have rejected internet forms because they didn’t comply with state law.

Financial Complexities

Depending on the parties’ financial situation, divorce can be an extremely complex process of dividing assets and debts. The rules for calculating child support, spousal support, and the division of property are nuanced and rarely straightforward. Your divorce has the potential to affect your lifestyle for years to come. Doesn’t it make sense to spend a little bit of money now to avoid spending a lot down the road?

Your Relationship with Your Kids

If you have children, you probably want to do everything you can to make sure your divorce does not negatively impact them. Family law attorneys are an invaluable resource when it comes to fighting for visitation and custody rights. These are tough issues to tackle. Sometimes, attempting to handle these cases on your own ends in disaster, especially if there are strong emotions involved. Your lawyer, on the other hand, has a cool head and no emotional investment in your marriage. This objectivity is important, as it prevents you from making rash decisions that could end up hurting your case or your ability to see your children.

Georgia Divorce Law Firm

If you are thinking about divorce, take time to speak to a lawyer about the next steps in your case. Contact my office today at (912) 265-9811 to discuss your case.  

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