Farias Family Law, P.C has released an article, “Do I need a lawyer for my divorce?” It helps people facing divorce figure out under what circumstances they should hire a divorce lawyer and when it’s safe to handle their cases themselves. —
Figuring out how much one should invest in legal fees for a divorce is an important decision that can have significant consequences both short and long-term. Like many other decisions we have to make in life, it should involve a cost-benefit analysis that considers the risk that things may go wrong, the potential consequences if they do go wrong, the potential gain from proceeding with representation, and of course, the costs.
In analyzing risk, different circumstances in divorce entail different degrees of risk. The article explains that in deciding whether to invest in legal representation, you should determine where you fall on the risk spectrum. Short-term marriages with no children, very few assets, and similar incomes between the parties present the lowest risk. On the other end of the spectrum is a case involving a long-term marriage, significant assets, children, and a significant disparity in income between the parties.
The farther away you move from the low risk fact pattern, the more likely it is that you’ll benefit from at least consulting with an attorney to determine a plan of action. And as you move along the spectrum into higher-stakes divorces with more complex issues, proceeding on your own becomes significantly more risky.
Finally, the article explains the potential consequences of proceeding with a divorce on your own and making a mistake. The biggest problem with blundering in your divorce is that court orders are not easy to change. Therefore, it’s risky for people to proceed with the mentality that they’ll try to do it on their own, and if it doesn’t go well, they’ll hire an attorney to fix it. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Judges are reluctant to change orders unless there’s been a significant change since the last order.
Instead of blindly diving into the process, anyone facing divorce should objectively analyze at the outset what the level of risk is and decide whether or not to engage a divorce lawyer accordingly. When in doubt, it’s advisable to at least consult with a reliable lawyer at the outset, which should give you enough information to then determine whether you need further help.
In discussing the article, Attorney Bill Farias said:
“Whether you need a lawyer for your divorce depends on the stakes and complexity of your case. Generally, the more there is at stake on the issues of support, asset/debt division, or custody of your children, the more sense it makes to invest in representation.”
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