The answer to the question “do I need an attorney to file for a divorce”, is simple and yet complicated.
The simple answer is “no”.
It’s not a requirement to hire a divorce attorney. Anyone can file for divorce by themselves. The truth is that most of the time a divorce is 99% paperwork.
However, hiring a divorce attorney would be very beneficial if there is money on the table such as property and other assets as well if there are minor children and there are concerns over the time sharing schedule and of course safety concerns.
If the paperwork and process is too overwhelming you may want to consider hiring a legal document preparer. As long as you do not have concerns or questions regarding your legal rights then hiring someone to help you fill out the divorce papers may work for you.
Benefits of Hiring a Divorce Attorney:
- No guess work
- As long as the attorney has vast experience with divorces you should be in good hands
- They are regulated and should do you right, if he/she fails to deliver contact the Florida Bar Association
- You will have an ally next to you that will make sure you get what’s rightfully yours
Things to Watch Out for:
- Since most attorneys work by the hour, you should monitor the bill carefully
- Not all attorneys specialize in divorce law, make sure the one you select has experience in this area of law
- Some attorneys no longer pick up the phone after you pay their initial fee, raise any concerns early in the process
- Check references
In Conclusion – Do What Works for You
You may know people that have gotten a divorce by themselves or through the assistance of a document preparer or by hiring a divorce attorney. Ask around for feedback, but ultimately do what you feel is best for you.
Disclaimer – We are not attorneys and do not provide legal advice. For legal advice contact a lawyer.