DIY Divorce, Is That A Thing?
“Can I get a divorced without hiring a lawyer?” “Is It Possible to get a divorce without a lawyer?”
This is a question asked often from individuals facing a potential divorce who are worried about the perceived costs and time commitment of hiring an attorney. We understand. Hiring a divorce lawyer can feel like an overwhelming experience. Even still, while a DIY divorce is a possibility, you should avoid it.
The Dangers of a DIY Divorce
A DIY divorce might sound like a great choice, especially if you and your spouse seem to agree on every detail. The truth is, divorce is rarely easy. There are critical documents and papers that must be filed to make your divorce final and complete.
Not to mention, there are plenty of risks involved in doing it yourself:
- Financial risks: A mistake in your paperwork could result in a longer divorce process, which can mean a more expensive divorce. There are also financial risks of not understanding the ins and outs of divorce and property division. You could end up with less of the marital property than you deserve, resulting in financial hardship as you try and move forward.
- Child custody risks: Even if you and your spouse agree on a custody arrangement, thoughts can change during the divorce process. An attorney can help you navigate these changes and ensure your children are protected.
- Increased stress: Divorce is an emotionally trying time already without the stress of trying to do it yourself. Hiring an attorney can help alleviate some of that stress, so you can focus on yourself.
Finding the Right Divorce Attorney for You
To help you feel more comfortable with hiring an attorney, it’s best to find one that fits you. For example, the attorney you hire should offer payment options that fit your budgetary needs. They should also have experience advocating for other families with divorces similar to your own.
Don’t be afraid to reach out to several attorneys before making a decision. Many first consultations are free and they give you the opportunity to ask questions to ensure the attorney is the right fit for you and your family.
Don’t Try To Get Divorced Without A Lawyer. If You Need a Divorce Attorney? Reach Out to White & Associates in Elk River, MN.
yThe team at White & Associates is here to help you through this time. You don’t have to (and shouldn’t) do this alone. To learn more about divorce or to discuss your case with an attorney, reach out to us by calling 763-241-0477 or send us a message.