Why You Should Never File for Divorce Without a Lawyer

Posted By Eiges & Orgel, PLLC || 13-Jul-2017

Divorce is an immense emotional undertaking, but it is also an intense legal minefield as well. Divorce lawyers spend their careers learning the intricacies of family law and what it takes to best represent a client and effectively protect his or her interests. Trying to attempt this on your own might seem alluring, given the legal costs you believe you will save, but making this mistake can actually end up costing you more in the long run. To simplify the process and ensure that it goes more smoothly, it is important to reach out to an experienced legal professional. With the right representation on your side, you can achieve the best possible outcome for your divorce, rather than fumbling with the law.

Still not convinced? Consider the following reasons before making any decisions regarding whether or not you should begin the divorce process without a lawyer:

  1. Divorce can be complicated: Divorce is not just about ending a marriage. It involves several facets such as custody issues, property and asset division, marital estate and support matters, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and protection from abuse litigation. Each one of these can carry a host of problems and emotional distress, but together, they can amount to an insurmountable obstacle. A lawyer can look at your situation with a level head and help you understand the legal system and your options. He or she will also be able to resolve your case through skilled negotiations or, if necessary, aggressive litigation, to help obtain the results you need.
  2. You are going through a high-asset divorce: Ultimately, all divorces are the same – you and your spouse will no longer be together at the end of this process. However, the path to this end is not always the same, especially in high-asset divorce cases. These types of cases can be exponentially more complex and often require an attorney with years of experience, financial expertise, and extensive negotiation skills. A high-asset divorce often involves real estate, expensive personal property, business and professional practices, stock options, cars and boats, jewelry, and other pricey collectibles. A lawyer will assess the full scope of your marital estate, enabling all parties to work toward a fair division of assets and debts.
  3. You are emotionally invested: It is nearly impossible for spouses to take a completely level-headed approach to divorce, devoid of the emotions that led them to the moment of separation. There is nothing wrong with being emotionally invested or upset. In fact, it is only natural. That said, it also means diving into the process of a divorce on your own, without legal assistance, can result in some irreversible mistakes. A lawyer will have the clarity and emotional stability that you are lacking on these personal matters. This is the time to have a professional and experienced individual take care of the details.
  4. Avoid delays and costly mistakes: Divorce can be a time-consuming and arduous process for those unfamiliar with the law. Unless you are a lawyer, the fact is that you will likely end up scrambling for answers while trying to figure out what steps to take next. Ask yourself how much your time is worth. Having to go through the trial and error of ending your marriage will only inflict more stress on your life than you area already enduring.

These missteps can also cost you. If you forget to mention medical issues, credit card debt, or misjudge the value of an asset, this might harm you in court. Having an attorney prepare and file the paperwork can assure that any and all necessary information is provided, which can also speed up the process. In the end, this is about trying to start a new life, so why not do everything possible to move forward and put the past behind you?

  1. Lack of spousal communication: Spousal communication is often damaged or non-existent by the time divorce proceedings begin, making it difficult to move along the process in a timely manner. The cooperation and involvement of both spouses is necessary for a more efficient divorce and, if you and your soon-to-be ex are not on speaking terms, a lawyer will bridge those gaps and coordinate the logistics for you.

New York City Divorce Attorney

If you have made the decision to end your marriage, now is the time to seek the legal assistance of a skilled and experienced New York divorce attorney. At Eiges & Orgel, PLLC, we have been effectively assisting clients for more than three decades, successfully resolving over 3,000 cases. Whether your divorce is contested or uncontested, our attorneys can help you through all aspects of the process.

For all of your divorce and family law matters, you can confidently turn to an associate at our firm to help you navigate the legal process.

Call us today at (347) 848-1850 to schedule a consultation with a trusted member of our legal team. Our firm is open on Saturdays by request.

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