Some divorces can turn out to be quick, simple and virtually devoid of issues, but that is not commonly the case. For couples who have been married even a few short years, there are invariably things to think about -- material, important things -- that figure heavily into divorce negotiations and an agreeable settlement.
Marriage is a seminal and central event in the lives of people, and divorce is the flip side of that, an occurrence that is a signal moment in life and often fraught with implications. Issues can range from child-related considerations -- child custody, child support -- and alimony to property division and, potentially, post-judgment relief or modifications.
In short, there can be a lot to contemplate, which led one divorce financial analyst and mediator to recently question in a media article why any person would want to consider forgoing the services of an experienced divorce attorney and simply wing it, instead.
Some people do try to go through a divorce and attend to all relevant details without the guidance and representation of a proven attorney, and that can be a costly proposition in more than one way.
For starters, the outcome obtained regarding various elements of divorce can be far from optimal where a person is flatly unknowledgeable concerning the law. And, second, the idea that a few dollars can be saved by not consulting with an attorney often ends up being a boomerang for many people, who make expensive mistakes while at the same time not achieving intended results.
Representation from a tenured and proven divorce attorney can help a person keep costs down and fully promote his or her legal interests in a marital dissolution.
Source: Colorado Springs Gazette, "It's your money: Do-it-yourself divorce could be cause for regret," Linda Leitz, March 10, 2013