If you and your spouse are seeking a separation or divorce, it is most important to educate yourself on available options, the law and how your decisions may affect you long term. Understandably, beginning this process is an emotional undertaking. Divorce is a life-changing event and taking the first step to reach out to a third party for help is difficult. To streamline the process and ensure your rights are protected, it is important to engage an experienced attorney. The right divorce lawyer, otherwise regarded as a family law attorney, will provide compassionate counsel, advice for communicating with your spouse and help you develop a focused strategy to achieve the best results possible. Consider the following reasons why you should engage an experienced attorney to guide you through your divorce proceedings.
- Your Divorce Maintains a Series a Complications
Any divorce can bring a unique set of complications to the table, including custody issues, property divisions, complex marital estate and support matters, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and protection from abuse litigation. Independently, each of these aspects can cause emotional turmoil. But, when piled on top of each other, the proceedings and accompanying stress can become significantly more difficult. This requires the knowledge of a dedicated family law attorney who will help you understand the legal system and educate you on your options. More importantly, an experienced lawyer will provide the attention and representation necessary to resolve your case through effective negotiation, or aggressive litigation when needed, to help you achieve the results you deserve.
- Your Divorce Requires a High Asset Lawyer
For high net worth divorces, it is important to engage an attorney that brings years of experience, financial expertise and extensive negotiation skills to the table. High asset divorces can be complex and present their own sets of challenges. But, an experienced divorce lawyer understands how to navigate the valuation and effective distribution of all high-value assets and liabilities in a marital estate. This may include real estate, expensive personal property, business and professional practices, stock options, cars and boats, jewelry, arts and collectibles. A lawyer can also help you assess the full nature and scope of your marital estate, which enables all parties to work towards achieving an effective division of the assets and debts between spouses.
- You Are Emotionally Invested and Distraught
Taking the first step towards divorce can bring about a mixture of emotions ranging from fear and relief to anger, guilt and everything in between. Generally it is an unpleasant situation that can hinder a person’s clarity and emotional stability. Due to the complexity of divorce proceedings, case laws, rules and procedures, it is important to have a professional and experienced attorney help take care of the details, gather necessary information and help you understand your options. There are even times when a person may still be debating whether or not a divorce is the right option and, while no lawyer should ever tell someone they should get divorced, an experienced family law attorney can answer questions that can at least help them reach a decision.
- You Want to Avoid Costly Mistakes and Delays
Although the decision to hire a divorce attorney is always optional, it is almost always better to retain a lawyer before trying to navigate the legal system alone. The divorce process, the law, the rules, the procedure, and the court system are often extremely overwhelming for people who are unfamiliar with it, and that only adds to the stress a person may experience when going through such a difficult time.
For example, filing for divorce requires ample documentation that, without legal counsel, can pose a series of challenges. Missteps such as forgetting to mention medical issues and credit card debt, or misjudging the value of an asset, can harm or prejudice a client from achieving their desired goals. Such errors can also result in additional financial burdens or legal proceedings, as it is often more expensive and more time consuming to correct a mistake than it would have been to handle an issue correctly from the start.
This is why an attorney is such a vital and valuable part of the divorce process. Attorneys will prepare and file all paperwork and applicable motions to finalize proceedings as quickly and smoothly as possible. They know how to phrase divorce agreements with language that ensures enforcement of the terms. Engaging a lawyer for help will also ensure that a clear and binding agreement and Divorce Decree are presented to the court and, when necessary, an attorney can effectively represent you in court.
- Your Spousal Communication is Hindered
Oftentimes the communication between spouses is damaged or completely broken by the time the divorce process starts. This can lead to additional complications as, for example, much of the paperwork and process requires coordination and involvement of both parties. A lawyer can help bridge any communication gaps and coordinate the logistics so you do not have to.
It is also common for both parties to be in disagreement about the divorce terms and rights. By turning to an attorney for knowledge, advice and guidance, you can feel confident that your expectations and demands are realistic so that you can prepare for the likely outcomes. A family law attorney will also know how to advocate for you in court and with the other parties, giving you a better chance of obtaining the results you desire and deserve.
At Repko Law, LLC, we empathize and understand that you are going through an emotional, life-changing event and require only the most compassionate and experienced counsel who will help you develop a focused strategy to achieve the best results possible. If you find yourself considering a divorce, or are already in the process of a divorce in which you and your spouse may not be able to work through the major issues such as property division and custody, then it may be in your best interest to consult with one of our attorneys so that we can help you through these difficult times. Speak to one of our top divorce attorneys by calling 215.348.9500