I’m getting divorced. Do I need a divorce attorney?
When considering divorce, many New Hampshire residents first ask a simple question: “Do I really need a lawyer to get a divorce?”
Yes. In most divorces, there is some technical legal issue involving custody, child support, alimony, health insurance coverage, finances, or property division that requires the expertise of a divorce attorney. Even if you and your spouse are on friendly terms, it is wisest to enlist a lawyer to help you through the process. Far too often, a “painless divorce” actually becomes the most “painful” financially in the years to come.
Why is it so critical to have a divorce lawyer? Why can’t you just fill in the blanks on the divorce forms, file them, and move on with your life?
- Countless New Hampshire residents have learned the hard way.
- They filled out the divorce forms on their own, got the court to approve them, and became divorced.
- However, sometime after the divorce was finalized, problems arose because a lawyer hadn’t been retained to lend expert opinion, anticipate potential problems, and draft the forms in a particular way to avoid complications down the road.
- By the time these people realized their mistake, it was either too late to change the terms of the divorce, or the cost to change them would have exceeded the original cost, had it been done right the first time.
The simple reality is this:
- Your divorce lawyer is someone who does more than just fill out forms and gets them filed with the Court.
- Your divorce lawyer becomes your trusted partner in ensuring that your interests and the interests of your children are protected – not only upon the signing of the final divorce decree, but in the months and years to follow.