All the resources in the world are at your fingertips with a quick online search, but you may be reluctant to spend money on hiring an expert to help you with your divorce. The truth is that an Internet search engine can’t replace the knowledge and experience an attorney provides during your divorce. Their main job is to protect your assets, whether you want out of the marriage or are the one being served with divorce papers. You should never have to go through a divorce alone.
Protect Your Assets
When you’re going through a divorce, your joint assets will have to be split up between the two of you. This isn’t always an easy process, especially when the assets aren’t liquid. Anyone can divide up cash in the bank account, but what happens to joint debt, cars, homes, retirement plans, and stock investments? It can take a lot of time to value your joint property and come up with a good way to split up the assets.
It’s your attorney’s job to make sure that you’re getting your fair share. For purposes of the divorce, it doesn’t matter if one of the partners hasn’t worked in several years while the other has earned a lot of money. However, there may be exceptions if one of you has received an inheritance or brought property into the marriage. Things get even more complicated if there was a prenuptial agreement.
If You Want Out
There are a lot of different reasons why you may want to get out of your marriage right now. Whether you’re dealing with abuse, infidelity, or other issues, sometimes the only way to move on is to break the knot with the partner. The good news is that you can get divorced rather quickly if you’re willing to agree to the other partner’s demands. However, if you want to make sure that you’re not giving away all your rights, it’s better to take the time to hire a divorce attorney to help you through the process.
Without the help of an attorney, you may end up with fewer assets than you thought. This may not be apparent right away, but it could seriously derail your retirement plans. Additionally, a divorce attorney will ensure that you have a well thought-out parenting plan that guides the two of you through the next several years until your kids are grown and out of the house. If you get all of this sorted out right now, you can prevent numerous arguments, battles, and future visits to the courtroom.
When You Don’t Want a Divorce
It’s quite possible that you don’t even want to get a divorce. Every day unsuspecting spouses are served with divorce papers when they had no intention of leaving their marriage. It’s natural to want to do whatever you can to please your spouse to encourage them to give the marriage another chance. Unfortunately, this usually backfires. If you agree to your spouse’s demands in an attempt to please them, you’re only hurting yourself.
If you don’t want a divorce but your spouse does, you’re more vulnerable to end up penniless after the divorce. You may know your spouse as the nicest person in the world, but they have a lawyer who is working hard on your spouse’s behalf, which leaves little room for your wishes and demands. If you can’t handle the financial aspects of your divorce, it’s best to hand over the reins to an experienced attorney. This gives you time to focus on coming to terms with the divorce without having to give in to all the demands without a fight.
You’re Not Alone
It’s not easy for anyone to go through a divorce. In fact, a divorce is one of the most significant life events you’ll ever experience, because it presents an upheaval to your family. Since the implications are enormous, it’s not a good idea to do it alone. Instead, you should hire an experienced attorney who has the knowledge to guide you through the process. A lawyer can also look at your case with a little bit of distance since they’re not personally affected.
At The Harr Law Firm, we’re ready to help you with any questions you may have throughout the process. Whether you’re initiating the divorce, because you can no longer live with the person you married or whether you’ve been handed divorce papers by your spouse, you can give us a call anytime and talk to us about your case.