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Do It Yourself vs Professional Divorce Lawyer

The marriage just isn’t working – do it yourself vs professional divorce lawyer?

I feel for you. The emotions that carry a couple to marriage are not easily wiped away when it comes to divorce. There are a very few times when a divorce is simple. No kids, no alimony, no assets to argue about – just a simple ‘let’s go our separate ways’. These situations are few and far between.

So the question is where to begin? The answer depends on whether you need a divorce attorney or you are filing for divorce yourself. This is a big decision and one not to be taken lightly. Changing the final settlement in a divorce case can be expensive and difficult which means you want to get it right the first time!

Most people choose to hire an attorney skilled in the divorce to represent them, especially if there are children and assets involved! Having someone looking out for your best interests and knowledgeable in your state laws and in the local Family Court only makes sense in a situation that can affect you for the rest of your life!

After all, you are probably already emotionally upset, and believing you can think clearly enough to handle all the details required in a successful court case on your own might not be the best idea.

Filing for Divorce Pro Se:

If you really can’t afford an attorney (and this is not something you want to skimp on!) or you really believe your spouse will be completely in agreement with all your ideas, you can file for divorce on your own. Again – if you have any assets, children, or are thinking of spousal support you should hire an attorney. Otherwise you might get a very unpleasant surprise when the Judge announces the legal decision. At that point it’s game over!

If you decide to go the Pro Se divorce route, make sure you understand the divorce laws of your state. And above all – allow no personal emotions to play a part! You can find forms online for your original petition.

Whichever way you go, please think hard if this is what you really want, and try all other options before taking these steps! For legal counsel visit New Mexico Financial Law.

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