It’s been said that one of the most stressful life events is divorce. Indeed, the end of such an intimate partnership and the dissolution of a family is, to say the least, emotionally traumatic for all involved. Feelings range from sadness and disappointment to bitterness and anger to worry and anxiety, especially if there are children involved.
On top of all this stress and emotional upheaval, more and more people are attempting to act on their own behalf and navigate the legal labyrinth without the help of legal counsel. In 2013, the American Bar Association noted that in 60 to 90 percent of family law cases, at least one party had no legal representation. But during this trying time, it is doubtful whether a person can be objective, approach things dispassionately, and make decisions that will, in the long run, work out for the best.
While the main motivation for this may be financial, there are good reasons for engaging legal counsel when getting a divorce.
Your children need you now more than ever
The fact is, the legal system can be extremely complicated and confusing, and legal documents – to the untrained and inexperienced – are written in what may seem like a completely different language. Sorting all of this out takes one thing, and lots of it.
But during this extremely difficult time for you and your family, you can hardly afford to spend less time with your children. They may already be experiencing feelings of blame and neglect as you and your spouse try to manage this complicated and difficult transition, get along amicably, and cope with your own intense emotions. Poring over legal documents and preparing a divorce case for hours a day will not put you in the best position to give your children the emotional support they need.
Don’t be financially short-sighted
You may think that it makes financial sense to avoid expensive legal fees and act on your own behalf. But decisions regarding property division, alimony and child support payments are long term and may not go in your favor if you are inadequately prepared or inexperienced in dealing with the legal system. Additionally, returning to family court to modify the initial agreement is possible but expensive; it’s best to get it right the first time.
We can help
Your primary concern is your family. They need your time and attention. And legal counsel can ensure that your interests are protected. The attorneys at Lunt & Associates, LLC have decades of collective experience in family law and will work for the best possible outcome for you and your family.