Why worry about a lawyer for uncontested divorce? Is it really necessary? Believe it or not, an uncontested divorce addresses all of the issues that are in a contested divorce. However, it has many advantages over a contested divorce, the most obvious of which is reduced legal fees. Many people seem to think that because their divorce is uncontested they don’t need to hire an attorney. Frequently, this rationale can lead to an outcome not intended by the parties that ultimately results in subsequent litigation.
Obviously, uncontested divorce is less expensive than contested divorce; it takes less time, and it is a much simpler process. However, even if you are peacefully ending your marriage, it is still a good idea to hire a lawyer for your divorce.
For an uncontested divorce to go perfectly smoothly, both parties have to be in complete agreement on every relevant issue. It is about more than just agreeing to divorce and agreeing on most things that come up during the process.
To explain this as clearly as possible, here are 6 reasons to seriously considering hiring a lawyer:
- If you have believed you can use your spouse’s lawyer or choose one to use together simultaneously, think again. Due to conflicts of interest, lawyers do not represent both parties during a divorce. No matter how peaceful it may be.
- If you don’t have all the information needed, you could wind up paying more (or receiving less) for things such as child support and alimony.
- If you and your spouse are just beginning the divorce process and do not agree on everything, you may have some negotiating to do. In this scenario, a lawyer can be very valuable for both parties. A lawyer can help you both reach agreements without delaying the process. This way one or both parties does not wind up with the short end of the stick.
- If you are unable to talk to each other you will not be able to work through your issues and finalize your divorce as peacefully as possible.
- If you have shared property, businesses, and/or children, you will really want to have the fairest agreement and outcome possible; you will likely not achieve these goals on your own.
- If you don’t understand your rights in regards to children, assets, property or debts.
Basically, there is nothing really stopping one or both of you from having legal help in your divorce process. Like anything that involves serious legal life-altering events, it is a wise decision to obtain legal representation for the best outcomes possible.
If you want to talk with a lawyer about your upcoming uncontested divorce, call (770) 475-2521 for a free consultation with Reeder Law Firm.