Do I Need An Attorney For a Friendly Divorce?
You and your spouse have decided to call it quits and get a divorce. You feel that the two of you have discussed everything important and are in agreement about how all of your property should be fairly divided and how you plan to handle childcare and child custody issues now and in the future. You have promised each other that you will remain friends and are both eager to move on with your lives.
Since you seem to have worked out all the issues yourselves, you figure why not just do the divorce yourselves? Just think of what it will save in attorney’s fees!
Actually, depending on your circumstances, the decision to forego a consultation with a Dallas divorce attorney could end up costing you a lot more than you think.
Potential DIY Divorce Pitfalls
Before undertaking a do-it-yourself divorce, there are some issues you should be aware of and some reasons you might want to at least consult with a Dallas divorce attorney before deciding whether or not to go it alone.
You can’t predict the future.
While everyone might be getting along great right now, you can’t predict what either you or your spouse might go through or feel in the future. Emotions run high during a divorce, even an amicable one, and having an advocate to turn to should the settlement negotiations get heated is always a good idea.
Circumstances can also change after the divorce. Have you considered child custody implications if one of you remarries? What if you or your ex-spouse decides to move out of town or out of state? How will you handle these situations?
You might not be aware of all of your rights and obligations.
Some matters, particularly financial ones, can be more complicated than they seem. Lawyers spend years learning how the courts handle a myriad of laws regarding property rights. It is crucial that before agreeing to a division of property that both of you know what constitutes marital and non-marital assets, the value of these items, and how they are typically divided in the jurisdiction in which they live in accordance with the facts of your case.
Have you considered the tax implications of your divorce? Does your child custody arrangement and parenting plan cover future financial needs such as providing for healthcare for every family member as well as the educational needs of your children?
How a Dallas Divorce Attorney Can Help
Before finalizing your divorce, it makes sense to seek even limited guidance from a professional who understands all the potential matters that can come up during and after a divorce. An experienced Dallas divorce attorney can help you to identify any outstanding issues that you may not have considered and can offer you options and alternatives that you may not have thought of as you proceed with your DIY divorce.
If you decide that you might benefit from a consultation with a seasoned family law lawyer, please call Michael P. Granata at 214-977-9050 or reach out to our offices online to schedule an appointment.