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Want to forgo a divorce attorney? Lots of reasons to rethink that

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

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