If you are considering trying to file for
divorce on your own, it is important to consider these questions first. Divorce
litigation can be quite complicated without having a qualified lawyer
by your side who can guide you through the process. It may be in your
best interests to hire a divorce attorney to help make sure your rights
Question #1: Will you and your spouse be able to effectively communicate?
This is important to think about, especially if your current relationship
with your spouse is not an amicable one. You do not want to have your
spouse shut down on you and not willing to compromise without a third
party to help mediate your conversations.
Question #2: Will one of you dominate divorce discussions, causing the
other not to be heard?
You have to realize that you will be dealing with sensitive topics, including
dividing up money,
custody over your children, and spousal support. If you do not feel like you will be able to be heard
or that your spouse will not take your wishes into consideration, it can
be extremely helpful to have an attorney who can negotiate on your behalf.
Question #3: Are you really as familiar with your finances as you think?
It has been noted that over 80% of the issues that are involved in a divorce
involve money. Oftentimes in a marriage, each spouse handles certain aspects
of the finances, but may be in the dark about other areas of expense.
You will have to get yourself up to speed on all of the laws related to
property division in divorce, get up to date on all of your assets, and understand what
the tax implications are for your divorce. Having someone who knows the
law and who can help you organize your financial information is vital
to you getting the financial assets you need in the divorce.
Question #4: How much do you really understand family law?
Sure, you can read up on family law topics and attempt to understand it
to the best of your ability, but are you an expert in it? Do you understand
all of your rights and obligations under California family law? Oftentimes,
people do not even understand their legal rights going into a divorce
and they walk away with less than they deserve. Going about your divorce
without the help of a lawyer who knows the law inside and out could be
detrimental to your future.
Question #5: Can you fully trust your soon-to-be-ex?
Much of the time, each spouse will have their own objectives in a divorce.
Both spouses may do everything in their power to make sure that their
rights are upheld, even if it means lying or withholding information.
If trust was breached during the marriage, there may be a good chance
that there will be a lack of trustworthiness during the divorce as well.
Having a lawyer who can bring a neutral perspective to your divorce proceeding
could make all the difference in your case.
Get the Ventura Divorce Lawyer That You Need
Law Offices of Janet L. Mertes in Ventura today for the divorce representation you both need and deserve.
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