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Do I need a divorce lawyer?

If you see a divorce in your future, you may be wondering whether you need a divorce lawyer. As you have probably heard, it is possible to end your marriage without hiring a divorce lawyer, and there are plenty of “do-it-yourself” divorce forms out there.

However, there is a reason why so many people going through divorce choose to do so with a lawyer by their side. It’s because the lawyer can make sure your rights and interests are protected during the divorce, while also making sure that all necessary legal issues are resolved so that they don’t come back to haunt you years down the road. 

Taking this little quiz can help you determine whether you should hire a divorce lawyer or attempt to do the divorce yourself:

Do you have children under the age of 18? If yes, then a divorce lawyer is recommended to help you and your ex figure out a parenting time arrangement and child support obligations.

Do you have a marital home or any financial assets such as a retirement account? If yes, then a divorce lawyer is recommended to help you work out a property settlement that is fair and reasonable, and one that will be accepted by the court.

Do you earn much less than your spouse? If yes, then a divorce lawyer is recommended to help you ask for alimony, if it is possible in your case and is something that you are interested in.

As you can see, depending on the expertise of a divorce lawyer is recommended in most situations.

The only time a “do-it-yourself” divorce makes sense is if you have little to no marital assets, no minor children and no other issues that could complicate your divorce. In this day and age, very few people are in that boat.

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