If you’re thinking about getting divorced, you may worry about how much it’s going to cost. In fact, a lot of people don’t start the divorce process because they think they can’t afford it. And when you’re starting a new life on your own after marriage, the idea 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 drained their bank account.
The sticker shock that comes 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 that of trying to handle the divorce process without an experienced lawyer on your side.
Internet Forms Miss Important Points
Many websites promise to deliver an “easy” divorce for a very low fee. What these websites usually don’t tell you is that there is no attorney behind the forms the site offers. You are really just buying generic documents that don’t take into account the specific details of your case. In some situations, courts have rejected Internet forms because they didn’t comply with state law, so you need to be careful.
Depending on your financial situation, it can be incredibly complicated to divide assets and debts in a divorce. The rules for calculating child support, spousal support, and dividing property are 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 paying a lot more 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 doesn’t negatively impact them. Family law attorneys are a priceless resource when it comes to fighting for visitation and custody rights. These are tough issues to tackle. Sometimes, handling 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 is important because it prevents you from making rash decisions that could end up hurting your case or your ability to see your kids.
Georgia Divorce Law Firm
If you’re thinking about divorce, make 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 today.