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The dangers of do-it-yourself divorce

We all know someone who has been through a divorce. When they talk about what happened in their case, they mention that they were able to work everything out with their spouse and move things forward without having an attorney at their side. They tell you that you can handle your divorce on your own, because they were able to have a positive experience.

Thinking that your divorce will be exactly like your friend's is a huge mistake. Think about their situation for a moment, and how different their life is from yours. Do they have kids? Do they own a business? Do they have retirement accounts or other high-value assets that are subject to the divorce? 

These factors all influence the potential outcome of your case. In this post, we want to discuss the top three reasons why you need to discuss your divorce with an experienced lawyer. This can ensure that your case will get the proper attention that it deserves as things move forward.

You have one shot to get this right

Most people do not realize that their divorce is the last opportunity to come to a fair agreement about outstanding issues of their case. The decisions that are made regarding property division or custody are final once entered by the court. Changing these agreements is only possible in very limited circumstances. You have to live with the choices you make at this time.

An experienced attorney will be able to discuss these options with you, so that you have a full understanding of what you are facing. It is crucial that you take the time to think about things carefully, because you have so much to lose.

The stress can be overwhelming

This is not going to be an easy time in your life. Even if everything goes according to plan and there is no conflict between you and your spouse, the fact is, this is a major change. There are going to be issues that you have to deal with that put you under a lot of stress. This stress can make it very hard to focus on the big picture.

Your attorney can help reduce some of these unpleasant experiences. Instead of constantly wondering what to do now, your attorney can provide you with advice that is specifically tailored to what you are going through. It helps you make the right choices for your future without making a rushed decision.

You need someone to look out for you

Each spouse will have certain goals that they wish to accomplish in the divorce. If your spouse has an attorney, they can create a plan that helps them accomplish these goals, potentially at your expense.

Your divorce lawyer can put you in a position to protect your rights in this divorce. You will have someone that you can count on to be your advocate when things get tough. You will not have to go through this fight on your own. You will have a partner who can guide you and stand up for you at each step. 

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