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Why you need a divorce lawyer, even for amicable divorces

If you and your spouse have decided to go your separate ways, you likely already have a strong sense about whether or not you are going to be able to divorce amicably. Of course, sometimes tensions can cool and calmer heads can prevail in heated situations. Conversely, revelations and changes of heart can inspire amicable processes to turn contentious in a heartbeat. However, many spouses correctly assess whether or not they will be able to successfully navigate divorce mediation or will need to litigate their divorces from early in the process.

Whether you opt to mediate your divorce, litigate your divorce or process an uncontested divorce claim in a straightforward way, it remains important that you speak with an experienced attorney. Even the most straightforward of divorce claims can cause you unnecessary time, money and headaches that can easily be avoided if you consult with a legal expert first.

In addition, you will almost certainly need the aid of an experienced attorney to complete certain tasks that you may not be able to adequately handle on your own. Attorneys are trained professionals who are required to either understand their area of law inside and out or seek the counsel of someone who does before advising you.

For example, attorneys may be able to more successfully communicate with your spouse’s attorney on important matters like producing documentation related to potentially hidden assets. In addition, attorneys may be able to better anticipate and evaluate numerous aspects of your case and potential settlement. Please, consider speaking with an attorney before filing for divorce. Your future self will almost certainly thank you for doing so.

Source: Findlaw Law & Daily Life, “5 Things a Divorce Lawyer Can Do (That You Probably Can't),” Brett Snider, July 7, 2014

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