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If you are in the process of getting a divorce, you might be questioning whether or not you need an attorney to dissolve your marriage. Although an attorney is technically not required to get a divorce, you should absolutely hire one instead of attempting to get through this process on your own. Despite the do-it-yourself society we live in nowadays, the divorce process is not something you should attempt to tackle on your own without proper legal assistance.


Here are some of the reasons why you will need a divorce attorney to represent you:

  • Experienced legal advice: The process of getting divorced can get more than a little complicated, so having an experienced legal advocate on your side is critical. Key issues like child custody, child support, alimony, and the division of assets will need to be handled by an expert to ensure your interests are protected. A lot is at stake here and cutting corners on legal representation could end up costing you dearly.

  • Minimize your stress levels: Divorce is never a walk in the park for anyone, but having a divorce attorney can help take away some of that stress and keep you from shouldering the burdens of this emotional situation. Having an attorney help you with your divorce means you can focus more time on taking care of yourself and your family, especially if you have young children. They are going to be in need of your support as they try to cope with this major life change and, if you are bogged down with trying to navigate your way throughout the divorce process and court system without legal help, you will not be able to be there for them as much as you would like to.

  • Prevent mistakes: The fact is that, unless you are a divorce attorney, you will probably end up very aggravated trying to figure things out as you go along and, unfortunately, that is a great way to make a mistake. The legal system is complex and attorneys spend years honing their skills and gaining experience. Hiring an attorney means you can feel confident your case will be handled right the first time. Otherwise, you will likely have to hire an attorney to correct your mistakes anyway, which will only cost you more time and money.

  • Accurately stating your wishes: The court will review your divorce documents whether you have an attorney or not, but they might not necessarily understand what you are trying to express. Your divorce decree might not state exactly what your wishes are or might be so unclear that it cannot be enforced. An attorney will be able to tend to these details and ensure the language in your divorce decree accurately represents your wishes for now and into the future.

Hire an Experienced Divorce Attorney Today!

If you beginning the divorce process, you need an attorney to help guide you through it to ensure your interests are protected and no unnecessary mistakes are made. At The Law Offices of Andrea Schneider, our La Mesa family law attorney will provide you with the personalized attention you deserve.

Call our office today at (619) 304-8499 to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation today.

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