Going through a divorce can be an incredibly difficult experience for everybody involved. One of the first things that many people wonder is whether or not they actually need an attorney to get through this process. This is especially important to know if you discover your spouse has secured legal assistance. Salt Lake City divorce attorney Emy Cordano is ready to help you get through this, and here we want to discuss why it may be in your best interest to get an advocate of your own for the divorce process.
Why you should consider a divorce attorney whether or not your spouse has one?
It is important to recognize that no two divorces are the same, and what works for one person may not work for another. Every case is different. Determining whether or not to hire an attorney depends on the specific factors surrounding your particular case. However, one big sign that you do need a Salt Lake City divorce lawyer is your spouse hiring one.
If your spouse hires a divorce attorney, it will be in your best interest to have a skilled advocate by your side as well. These cases can become incredibly complex, and you do not want to go up against an expert family law practitioner if you have no legal experience. There must be a level playing field in order for each person to be treated equitably and fairly. The court will not do that of its own volition, you must have an attorney to make the court do that for you.
It all started amicably
One of the first things that many people say when they seek out a divorce lawyer after the process has started is something along the lines of, “everything is “agreed on” and we are amicable so I don’t need an attorney all I need is someone to “draw up the paperwork.” This is the biggest mistake people make in going through a divorce. No matter how “simple” you think you’re divorcing your spouse might be, a divorce has consequences that affect the rest of your life. Why wouldn’t you have an expert by your side with that much at stake?
Unfortunately, many couples begin the divorce process with the best intentions only to later realize they have significant disagreements over many of the “details” such as:
- dividing assets and debts
- establishing a parenting plan
- deciding on spousal support or alimony
- division of retirement
Even if a divorcing couple disagrees on just one area pertaining to the separation, negative feelings can quickly overwhelm every other issue involved by agreeing to one thing upfront, you may lose the leverage that that one item could afford you down the road if the agreement falls apart later.
Ensuring fair treatment
Divorce is a legal process, and those without any legal training could inadvertently not understand their rights throughout the separation.
- Do you know your rights when it comes to property division?
- Were there any premarital agreements in place?
- Do you know if your spouse has any hidden assets?
If you have any uncertainties but are without legal representation throughout the course of your divorce, you could be left realizing that you have been taken advantage of down the road after the divorce is finalized. It is much easier to handle these situations and complex questions while the divorce is ongoing as opposed to going back and seeking modifications or adjustments later. Your right to modify once an order is entered is very limited.
We are here to help you through this
If you are going through a divorce, or are considering going through this process, you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible. At the very least set up a one-hour consultation with an attorney. That hour could affect the rest of your life. Emy Cordano is passionate about protecting her clients. Emy will give you an honest assessment of your situation and will advise you on the best path forward for your particular circumstances. Emy Cordano is a Salt Lake City divorce attorney with vast experience helping people get through what is often the most challenging time of their lives. She knows! She’s been exactly where you are! You can contact us by clicking here or call us at 801-804-5152 for an initial consultation.